PARIS, June 9 (UPI) -- A French court Thursday ordered the formal arrest of five people detained over the weekend, three of whom are members of the illegal Kurdistan Workers' Party.
One of the five is Nedim Seven, allegedly the financier of the outlawed organization, which is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey and most of the international community, Today's Zaman of Istanbul, Turkey, reported.
The suspects are charged with racketeering and providing financial assistance to a terrorist organization.
Two raids, one in the town of Evry and the other on a Kurdish cultural center in the town of Arnouville, resulted in the arrests of the suspects. Both towns border Paris, the newspaper said.
The raids came as a result of a months-long counterterrorism investigation, French authorities said.
After the group members were detained, police fought with Kurds in a town near Paris Saturday, and several hundred Kurds protested on the streets in Evry on Sunday, the newspaper said.