German police have arrested a Turk suspected of leading a branch of the banned Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), state prosecutors said on Tuesday, just days after PKK militants released three German hostages.
Police arrested the 47-year-old in the western city of Detmold on Monday, Germany's Federal Prosecution Office said. The man, identified as Hueseyin A., is suspected of having been responsible for the PKK's operations in Germany until June, it said in a statement.
He is also accused of having forced a 21-year-old woman to have an abortion in August 2007, after she became pregnant by a leading PKK official in the southwestern city of Stuttgart.
The news of arrest coincided with a debate about the release of three Germans kidnapped in Turkey earlier this month.
Last month Germany banned Kurdish television station Roj TV, which Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble described as a mouthpiece for the PKK, and last year Berlin extradited two PKK militants to Turkey.
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