Syrian singer Omar Souleyman was released from a Turkish police station on Friday (Nov. 19) after being detained by police earlier this week on the suspicion that he was collaborating with a terrorist organization.
On Wednesday (Nov. 17) Souleyman was arrested in his home in Sanliurfa, Turkey (in the southeastern part for the country) where he’s resided since 2012, not long after the start of the Syrian civil war.
The arrest came after a tip-off that Souleyman, 55, was a member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK — a Kurdish militant political organization that’s regarded as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the EU — and that he was collaborating with this group.
Souleyman’s manager Mina Tosti tells Billboard that this incident occurred after a trip Souleyman recently took to his native Syria. “He absolutely is not a member of any political party, PKK included,” says Tosti, who adds that the police were “for sure” acting on a tip-off intended to frame Souleyman as a member of organization.