Kurdish artist Hozan Canê’s case was reheard on Thursday, 6 August. Hozan was previously tried in Turkey for alleged ‘membership to a terrorist organisation’ and sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison. During the hearing that was held in Edirne, the court ruled in favour of the continued detention of Canê and adjourned the trial to 3 September.
According to a news report on DW Turkish, Frank Schwabe, who is the Human Rights Policy Spokesperson of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) Parliamentary Group, was also there to observe the trial which was held upon the appeal to the previous ruling.
Releasing a statement on Twitter prior to his travel to Turkey, the politician tweeted that Hozan Canê had been unfairly detained in prison for the last two years on political grounds, with an international travel ban placed on her daughter, and that he was going to Turkey in the hope of bringing them back to Germany, where they lived, and to lend his support.
German citizen and singer Saide İnaç, known as Hozan Canê, was taken into custody in Edirne shortly before the presidential elections in 2018 and was tried with the accusation of membership to a terrorist organisation and sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison in November 2018. Her daughter, Gönül Örs, who had gone to Turkey to visit Canê, was also taken into custody with accusations of terrorism, later to be released by the court pending trial, with an international travel ban.