Former mayor of Diyarbakir’s Sur district Abdullah Demirbas told the court that Tuncel wanted to travel to Northern Iraq in the summer of 2004 to conduct a research on the conditions of women in the region. Demirbas said that he called Duhok mayor Serbest Arif Resid and sent Tuncel to him and told her to meet Hasan Silevani of Kurdish Writers Association.
Demirbas said that as a result of her visits in 2007 KDP women’s branch chair Siirin Ahmedi attended a women’s conference held by Baglar Council.
Prosecutor Kirbas insisted on his previous case arguing that it was not known for how long Tuncel stayed in Northern Iraq and what she did there.
Sebahat Tuncel is charged with "PKK membership" (prison sentence between 7.5 and 15 years) and other accused Ibrahim Tekdemir is charged with "assisting and helping a terrorist organisation" (4.5 years). (antenna-tr.org, Fabruay 7, 2009)