Turkish courts lunch legal proceedings against 9 HDP MPs

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Statement of HDP Europe

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) parliamentary members and politicians have been targeted for unspecified offences during the 2014 protests sparked by the ISIS seizure of Kobane. Some 82 of them already were under arrest since September 2020. 

More about that could be seen in The Guardian

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has prepared summary of proceedings seeking to have legislative immunity lifted for nine lawmakers from the HDP with regards to the Kobane investigation. 

Now, those summary of proceedings have been sent to the Justice Ministry to later be submitted to parliament. 

The summary of proceedings target Fatma Kurtulan, Garo Paylan, Hüda Kaya, Meral Danış Beştaş, Hakkı Saruhan Oluç, Serpil Kemalbay Pekgözegü, Sezai Temelli, Perdo Dündar and People’s’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) co-chair Pervin Buldan. 

During the 27th term of the Turkish General Assembly, there have been 1101 summary of proceedings of which 834 were against 58 members of the HDP. 

The HDP Member of Parliament Remziye Tosun gave this statement to BBC News Turkish service in November 2020. 

“Almost for any speech we are giving there is an investigation. I already have 44 summary of proceedings. I’m one of those who has the most. Perhaps there are some that want us to leave and escape from Turkey. However, that has not and will not happen. I am here and with our people.” 

The full statement could be found here:

After failed closure attempts of the HDP, now the AKP-MHP alliance wants to strip immunities of 9 other members of parliament just like Leyla Güven and Musa Farisogullari whose immunities were stripped.

As a result, the Turkish regime would like to constantly keep HDP under pressure and leave it with no political function. 

Statement Regarding HDP Kocaeli Deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioglu

HDP want to draw attention to the fact that, once again the rule of law was murdered with the prison sentence given to Gergerlioglu. The sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court under political motives and under pressure by the government.

The Turkish Supreme Court’s decision to convict Gergerlioglu and sentence him to 2 years and 6 months for ‘sharing a content of public news’ is in violation of all democratic standards and the rule of law. 

Unfortunately the reason for this unfair and absurd decision was political pressure from the AKP-MHP regime.