Warrant issued for prominent Turkish lawyer on charges of making terrorist propaganda

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Turkish news agencies say a court has issued an arrest warrant for a prominent lawyer in the Kurdish southeast on terrorist propaganda charges.

Tahir Elci is the head of the bar association in Diyarbakir. He was criticized last week for saying on a news program that the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, is not a terrorist organization, bucking its listing as such by Turkey and Western countries. The comments came amid renewed fighting between the PKK and Turkish authorities following the collapse of peace talks.

Elci is the lawyer for Mohammed Rasool, a journalist who has worked for The Associated Press as a fixer. Rasool was arrested in August in Diyarbakir while reporting for Vice News. There is no indication that the Elci order against is related to Rasool's case.