ISTANBUL (Reuters)–A Turkish court began hearing deman’s on Wednesday to close a Kurdish foundation for allegedly promoting "separatist" activity–a director of the foundation said.
Mehmet Parlak–a director of the Kurdish Culture and Research Foundation (Kurtkav)–told Reuters prosecutors were seeking to shut the foundation and bar its directors from running other non-governmental organizations.
"We are charged with acting as a center for separatism. Naturally–we deny this. We are a cultural group with legal permission to research and spread Kurdish culture," he said.
The case is likely to proceed slowly. A verdict is not expected for many months.
Turkey keeps a close watch on Kurdish organizations and parties–frequently outlawing them on separatist charges.