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Turkish prosecutor demands up to 142 years imprisonment for Co-chair of HDP

Turkish Prosecutors prepared an indictment requesting that Mr. Selahattin Demirtaş, the co-chair of pro-Kurdish HDP, serve a sentence up to 142 years jail sentence. Per the indictment, Demirtas has been accused of being a “terrorist organization manager,” “making propaganda for a terrorist organization,” “opposing the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations” and “publicly inciting hatred and hostility.”

In the indictment of Figen Yuksekdag, the co-chair of HDP, it was requested that she ought to be imprisoned for 30 to 83 years “as a manager of terrorist organization” . The prosecutors filed the same charges against Yuksekdag, in addition to being a member of an armed organization, stemming from an October 2015 campaign speech in which she reportedly referred to slain PKK terrorists as martyrs.

Immunity for members of parliament was lifted in Turkey in May after a constitutional amendment was approved by parliament, in a move widely seen as being aimed at the HDP, which the government accuses of being linked to the outlawed PKK militant group.

Demirtas and 12 other HDP parliamentarians arrested in November deny being leaders or members of the PKK. Demirtas said that “I am not a manager, member, spokesperson, or a sympathiser of PKK; I’m the co-chair of HDP,” in his court testimony on 6 January 2016.

Melike Gul Demir


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