Arlet Natali Avazyan, an Armenian-origin Turkish human rights activist, was detained following a police raid on her house on Tuesday.
According to a Twitter account, police teams searched Avazyan’s house and then took her to the Anatolia Courthouse in İstanbul’s Kartal district.
Republican People’s Party (CHP) İstanbul deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu tweteed late on Tuesday that Avazyan was detained due to a family photo of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu she posted on Twitter. Tanrıkulu also said that she is going to spend the night in police custody.
Avazyan posted the photo of the Çavuşoğlu family from what she said was the year 1988 with a message, saying that Çavuşoğlu’s father was known as the “thief, Kurdish Osman” at the time.
1988 Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu Ailesi.
Bakan çavuşoğlu nun Babası nin lakabı HIRSIZ kürt Osman Erzurum Horasandan sürgünle gitmişler. pic.twitter.com/p3qnOElzRE
— Arlet Natali AVAZYAN (@NataliAVAZYAN) October 6, 2019
Avazyan yesterday tweeted that she had been summoned by Turkish police to testify in a case filed against her for alleged terrorism links.