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All of the court members condemning Figen Yüksekdağ to prison were expelled from office, accused of “FETO”

On Tuesday the co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Figen Yüksekdağ was stripped off her MP status due to a 10-month prison sentence. The fact that all members of the court who took this decision was expelled from the office on the days after the coup attempt on 15th July. It was also found out that Chief Justice of the court and a member as well as the prosecutor were taken into the custody.

10-month prison sentence was shown as a reason to strip the MP status of Figen Yüksekdağ who is co-chair of HDP. The 10-month sentence decision by Adana’s 7th High Criminal Court for Ms. Yüksekdağ for “spreading terrorist propaganda” was approved by Court of Cassation in last September. This decision was put on hold for five and half month in the Parliament and today when it was reported as a special address by the Prime Minister’s office to the Parliament, Ms. Yüksekdağ was stripped off her MP status.

It was learnt that among the members of the Adana’s 7th High Criminal Court, Chief Justice Zeka Kayalı, Judge Müslüm Uzun and Public Prosecutor Ahmet Mithat Temel were relieved of their duties right after the coup attempt on July 15th night and arrested afterwards and then expunged from their profession. In addition, another judge Saniye Yalçın from the same court was expunged too.

After the coup attempt, a “FETO” investigation involving the case of “trucks belong to the intelligence agency, MIT” along with several other allegations was begun against judges and public prosecutors at Adana Courts.

In decision of stripping Ms. Yüksekdağ off MP status, it was added that 10-month sentence cannot be postponed nor its declaration can be delayed.

No Statements were brought to Parliament in the case of Aktaş and Alan.

In the previous AK Party terms, a similar case happened with BDP’s MP Kemal Aktaş and MHP’s MP Engin Alan. In 2012, Court of Cassation approved the prison sentence of Kemal Aktaş, a BDP MP. However, this decision from Court of Cassation was put on shelf in Prime Ministry till his term at Parliament expired so that he would not lose his MP status.

Another such a case was with MHP’s MP Engin Alan in 2013. 18-year prison sentence for Alan in Sledgehammer case was approved by Court of Cassation, but no statement from Prime Minister’s office on this prison sentence was sent to Parliament and was recited in its General Assembly, his MP statue continued till the end of his term.

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