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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:54 am

HDP Amed co-chair detained

A Turkish court sentenced the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Amed Provincial co-chair Hülya Alökmen to 10 years and 6 months in prison for alleged "membership of a terrorist organization"

The prosecutor accused Alökmen of participating in the actions and activities organized by the Health Workers Union (SES) while she served as the provincial branch chairperson and being a delegate of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK).

The court sentenced Alökmen to 10 years and 6 months in prison and issued an arrest warrant for her.

The female politician has been taken into custody by the police during a visit to her family in Savur district of Mardin late in the afternoon.
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:57 am

Hearing of Demirtaş postponed

The prosecution demanded that the case of Demirtaş be combined with the Kobanê Case at the 22nd High Criminal Court in Ankara

In the main case against the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, the court did not listen to the statements of lawyers and adjourned the hearing.

Despite the fact that the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) had ruled that Selahattin Demirtaş should be released immediately, Turkey continues to keep the Kurdish politician in jail. The hearing of the main case was held at the Ankara 19th High Criminal Court of Sincan Prison Campus on Wednesday.

The indictment of the Kobanê Case was added to Demirtaş’s case. The prosecution demanded that the recusation request of Demirtaş be submitted to the 20th High Criminal Court and the case be combined with the Kobanê Case at the 22nd High Criminal Court.

The hearing was postponed to 6 May
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:17 am

Court returns HDP indictment

The Court of Cassation chief prosecutor failed to prove the relation between the HDP and the acts listed in the indictment, according to the justification

The Constitutional Court has returned the indictment of the closure case against the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) to the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office of the Court of Cassation.

The top court ruled on March 31 that the indictment should be returned after finding procedural deficiencies in the indictment.

Today, it returned the indictment with the justification of its decision.

With the indictment, the Constitutional Court also conveyed the justification of its decision to the Court of Cassation.

The Court of Cassation chief prosecutor failed to prove the relation between the HDP and the acts listed in the indictment, according to the justification.

"... In this context, inclusion of the relevant peoples' acts in the indictment is not enough and the relation with the alleged and the party 'becoming a center' of these acts also needs to be revealed," it stated.

The Court of Cassation chief prosecutor can send the indictment to the top court again after rectifying the deficiencies.
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Re: Selahattin put HDP Majors & MPs at risk of imprisonment

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Apr 25, 2021 11:57 pm

Over a hundred to stand trial in Turkey

Over a hundred people will stand trial in Turkey this coming Monday for their alleged role in violence at 2014 protests against the army’s inaction during the Islamic State (ISIS) group’s takeover of Syria’s Kurdish town Kobane

A total of 108 people, including large swathes of members and officials from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), will be tried in Ankara in relation to riots that took place in 2014, when protesters across Turkey – especially its Kurdish-majority southeast – took to the streets to express solidarity with Kurds in the northern Syrian city of Kobane, then under attack from ISIS. Over 30 people died, and more than 700 were injured when the protests turned violent.

An indictment issued in January called for 38 counts of life sentences without parole against the 108 defendants, including jailed Kurdish political leader Selahattin Demirtas. Charges include the burning the Turkish flag, damaging prayer houses, abduction and damaging public property.

A number of HDP members are on trial for a tweet by the political party calling for protests, which the government says supported the Kurdistan Workers' Party — a Kurdish armed group considered a terrorist group by the Turkish state.

"The peaceful demonstrations held across Kobani and some Turkish cities were not met with violence until Erdogan released a statement saying 'Kobane is about to fall,'" said HDP deputy chairman Saruhan Oluc.

The HDP showed great effort to prevent damage after an increase in violence and death began, he added.

The Islamic State (ISIS) emerged in Iraq and Syria in 2014. The demonstrators accused the Turkish army of standing by ISIS militants besieging Kobane.

The HDP is also facing legal attempts by Ankara to close down the party.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat May 29, 2021 12:10 am

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Demirtaş sentenced to two and a half years

The former HDP co-chairman is alleged to have made the ex-chief prosecutor of Ankara "a target of terrorists"

Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtaş has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for "insulting a prosecutor". The basis of the show trial this Friday at the 25th Heavy Penal Court of Ankara is an alleged insult by the defendant to Yüksel Kocaman, the former chief public prosecutor of Ankara, who has since been promoted to the Court of Cassation. Kocaman had charged Demirtaş with allegedly threatening and publicly defaming a public official.

Specifically, it concerned a statement made by Demirtaş last September during a meeting with his lawyer Cahit Kırkazak. Referring to the photos of Kocaman's wedding at the Sheraton in Ankara, which had been circulated in the media shortly before and was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the chairman of the Court of Cassation, the minister of justice, the minister of the interior, the chief of general staff and the chairman of the election commission, among others.

Demirtaş reportedly said, "There was a time when prosecutors were even given armored vehicles. Nevertheless, they did not manage to evade justice. The gift bags that someone puts in your hands will also not save you from prosecution." According to the court, Demirtaş thus made the prosecutor a target as a "person in a counterterrorism office" among "supporters of terrorist organizations".

Demirtaş was not present in person at the hearing and was linked in via video conferencing system from the high-security prison in Edirne, western Turkey, where he has been held hostage since the end of 2016. In the courtroom, the 48-year-old politician, who is himself a lawyer, was defended by Hadi Cin, Levent Kanat, Aydın Erdoğan and Mahsuni Karaman.

During the reading of the prosecution's plea, there were fierce protests from the defense because Demirtaş was described in it as a "person with links to the armed and terrorist organization PKK/KCK." Demirtaş's lawyers called the trial "politically motivated" and a "farce" and demanded acquittal for their client. They said, the fact that the trial came about because of the statement about Yüksel Kocaman showed the "anti-judicial marching band" in the courts.

The presiding judges ruled that the alleged threat posed by Demirtaş’s statements did not exist, but did not see any mitigating circumstances that justified reducing the sentence. The decision was based on the fact that Demirtaş's comment was disseminated on Twitter.

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Selahattin Demirtaş has been in prison for over four and a half years. The then HDP co-chairman was arrested on November 4, 2016, at the same time as numerous other Kurdish and left-wing politicians, including co-chairwoman Figen Yüksekdağ, and subsequently imprisoned. Despite a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), he has not been released.
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Re: Selahattin put HDP Majors & MPs at risk of imprisonment

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:02 am

New indictment to ban the HDP

The Chief Public Prosecutor at the Turkish Court of Cassation has submitted a new indictment against the HDP to the Constitutional Court. At the end of March, a first version of the indictment had been found fault with and returned

The Chief Public Prosecutor at the Turkish Court of Cassation has submitted a new indictment for a ban against the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) to the Constitutional Court in Ankara. The indictment equates the HDP with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and accuses it of undermining the "indivisible integrity of the Turkish state".

At the end of March, a first version of the application had been found fault with and returned. The constitutional judges instructed the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office to revise and resubmit the indictment. In doing so, they followed the recommendation of a rapporteur who had previously reviewed the indictment and found formal errors.

Among other things, it was criticized that personal data and job titles were incorrectly stated in the indictment and that some of the HDP politicians for whom a ban on politics is demanded have already died. In addition, no sufficient connection had been established between the actual activities of the party organs and the accusations.

In the new indictment for a ban, Chief Public Prosecutor Bekir Şahin is now calling for the political ban to apply not to some 680 members of the HDP, but to just under 500. In addition, all of the party's accounts are to be frozen. It is expected that the Constitutional Court will decide in the next two weeks whether to initiate ban proceedings against the HDP.
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:58 pm

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HDP slams new indictment

Pervin Buldan, co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) slammed a new indictment against the party on Tuesday, saying the government is shielding the mafia by instead looking to shut down her party

Chief Public Prosecutor of the Court of Cassation, Bekir Sahin, filed a suit with the constitutional court in March, seeking the dissolution of the HDP and a ban on hundreds of its politicians. The indictment was rejected due to “procedural deficiencies.”

He filed a new indictment against the party on Monday. The HDP slammed the move, launching the Twitter hashtag #HDPyiDeğilMafyayıYargıla, which translates to “try the mafia, not the HDP.”

“We can see the pit in which the judiciary fell. The judiciary, which did not go against criminal organizations, once again shielded the mafia by opening another case against the HDP. Whenever their dirt is revealed, they think of the HDP and Kurds [to clean it],” Buldan told her party’s bloc in parliament on Tuesday, condemning the “zero investigation into the mafia, but closure of the HDP.”

The HDP was founded in 2012 as a pro-Kurdish leftist party. With a diverse group of candidates from devout Muslims, to minority representatives, socialists, and LGBT activists, the HDP passed the 10 percent vote threshold and entered the parliament in 2015. It has since been subject to a significant crackdown in recent years, with Turkish officials claiming it is linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party – ties the HDP denies.

Sedat Peker, a mob leader, has made a series of YouTube videos which have dominated social media since early May. In the uploads, the mafia boss has linked several senior figures – including interior minister Suleyman Soylu- to serious crimes, including rape and corruption. He says Soylu himself has shielded him from prosecution.

A warrant was issued for his arrest by a Turkish court late last month after Solyu filed a lawsuit against him. President Recep Tayip Erdogan publicly defended the minister against Peker’s claims

Turkish police later detained Sedat’s brother, Attila, and a bodyguard, based on a recent claim by Peker that his brother tried to kill a journalist some 25 years ago.

Buldan told Rudaw English in April that the closure of the party will not end its struggle.

“Political parties are means or tools for political struggle. The important thing is to continue this struggle,” she said.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeas ... y/08062021
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