Anger as Kurd leader expelled

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The Independent Online
The Government's decision to deport Kani Yilmaz, a leading member of a Kurdish guerrilla group who was visiting supporters in London, provoked a furious political row yesterday. Supporters of Mr Yilmaz, who was arrested as he was to speak to MPs at Westminster on Wednesday, accused the Government of caving in to Turkish pressure.

A Home Office spokesman said he was being deported because his presence was 'not conducive to the public good and in the interests of national security'. Mr Yilmaz is the European spokesman for the National Liberation Front of Kurdistan (ERNK), a sister organisation of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), which is fighting to win independence from Turkey.