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Boris Johnson tells ITV News he supports a banned terror group

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Boris Johnson told ITV News today that "his sympathies are with the PKK" - despite the group being regarded as a terrorist organisation by the UK Government.

The Mayor was speaking to ITV News about the case of 21 year old Silhan Ozcelik from North London, who was sentenced to 21 months in jail for plotting to join the group, otherwise known as the Kurdistan Workers' Party.

Silhan Ozcelik was given 21 months in jail Credit: Met Police

Ms Ozcelik's friends and family are now appealing against her sentence, because the PKK is fighting against so-called Islamic State - which they argue is the same objective the Government has.

"My sympathies are very much with the PKK and the Peshmerga and I hope that the legal system will reflect that, and that she gets sensible treatment rather than some absurd punishment."

– Boris Johnson MP, Mayor of London

Voicing his support for their cause, the Mayor said he sympathises with the banned group, and argued against an 'absurd punishment' being handed out by the UK courts.