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Arrest Made in Paris Murder of Kurdish Activists

French prosecutors have filed preliminary murder and terrorism charges against an associate of three female Kurdish activists shot dead in Paris earlier this month.

The suspect, a 30-year old Turkish driver for one of the slain women, was one of two ethnic Kurds detained last week in connection with the January 10 killings.

Prosecutors filed charges against the driver during a court hearing Monday in Paris. The other suspect detained last week has since been freed without charge.



The three women, Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Soylemez, were found shot to death at the Kurdish Information Center in Paris. Cansiz was a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, an outlawed group that took up arms for Kurdish self-rule in southeastern Turkey.

Turkey has suggested that the killings are linked to ongoing negotiations between the Turkish government and jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, while Kurdish activists say that it might be the work of Turkish extremists.

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