Friday, November 4, 2016

HDP co-chairs, lawmakers detained in police raids

Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, the co-leaders of the Peoples’ Democratic PArty (HDP) and nine lawmakers of the party were detained early on Nov. 4.

The detentions were carried out as part of “terrorism” investigations carried out by the prosecutor’s offcies in Diyarbakır, Şırnak, Hakkari, Van and Bingöl provinces.

In addition to Demirtaş and Yüksekdağ, Şırnak lawmakers Ferhat Encü and Leyla Birlik, Hakkari lawmakers Selma Irmak and Abdullah Zeydan, Diyarbakır lawmakers İdris Baluken, Nursel Aydoğan, Ziya Pir, Ankara lawmaker Sırrı Süreyya Önder and Mardin lawmaker Gülser Yıldırım were taken into custody by the police.

Diyarbakır Prosecutor’s Office said in a written statement that the detention and search warrants were issued due to “strong suspicions based on solid evidence.”

There was an ongoing investigation on accusations of “being a member of an armed terror organization and terrorist propaganda,” the statement said, adding that the political immunity of the lawmakers had been lifted by parliament.

An Interior Ministry statement said there were detention warrants for four more HDP lawmakers and two of them were abroad.

Anadolu Agency said the detentions were ordered because the politicians refused to testify in probes against them that were launched over crimes against the constitutional order after they attended a meeting of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır between Dec. 26 and 27, 2015.

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