İbrahim Parlak

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İbrahim Parlak is a Kurdish man who has been accused by the United States Department of Homeland Security of being a former member of the PKK.

After coming to the U.S. in 1992 and disclosing his past PKK dealings, he was admitted and granted political asylum. However, under pressure on the Clinton Administration from Turkey to support American anti-terrorism efforts, U.S. State Department retroactively labeled the PKK a "terrorist organization" in 1997. The charges against him were for lying about not being affiliated with a terrorist group on his asylum application. Despite applying 5 years prior when the PKK was not declared a terrorist organization. Post 911, he was taken into custody by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on July 29, 2004. He served 10 months in a Michigan County jail. Parlak subsequently won a writ of habeas corpus and was released from prison on June 3, 2005. The court had originally decided to deport him based on the government's case; he is currently free pending an appeal of that decision.

Parlak was profiled in a 2005 cover article of The New York Times Magazine.[1]


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