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Al-Qamishli: Singer released from custody—charges pursuant to Article 307

KURDWATCH, January 7, 2011—On January 2, 2011, the single military judge in al‑Qamishli decided to release the singer Zozan Muhammad Shaykhu (b. 1990) from custody. On October 16, 2010, members of the Political Security Directorate arrested her at her workplace, a hair salon in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn. She was charged pursuant to Article 307 of the Criminal Code, the first hearing in her case will take place on January 31, 2011. On March 21, 2010, Zozan Muhammad Shaykhu performed at a celebration organized by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) to mark Newroz, the Kurdish New Year.

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