An investigation has been launched against publisher and journalist Ragıp Zarakolu on charges of being a member of a terrorist organization over a 2010 interview he gave to Roj TV, a Kurdish-language channel close to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
According to independent news website Bianet, the investigation was initially launched in 2010 by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office and it was recently turned into a new investigation under “probes on crimes against the constitutional order.”
In a separate case, Zarakolu was arrested in October 2011 on terrorism charges as part of an investigation into the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), which is alleged to be an umbrella political organization that includes the terrorist PKK. He was released pending trial after spending five months in prison.
Prosecutors sought up to 15 years for Zarakolu on charges of “knowingly aiding and abetting a terrorist organization.”
He publish several books on Armenian Genocide and recognize Armenian Genocide.