HDP official arrested for keeping explosives home in Turkey

Turkish court sends Peoples’ Democratic Party official in southeastern province of Mus to jail over terrorism charges

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Ammunition seized in counter-terrorism operations in Varto district of Mus province on October 25, 2015.

Updated Jan 2, 2016

Turkey’s Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) district co-chair of Varto in southeastern province of Mus was arrested after police found hand-made explosives in her yard.

Mus police department and gendarmerie forces carried out a joint anti-terrorism operation to the residence of HDP Varto district co-chair Halide Atay where they discovered 14 hand-made explosives hidden in her yard.

Atay, her husband Ali Dogan Atay and Ali Eren Yildiz were detained and later sent to trial on terrorism charges.

All three were arrested and sent to jail after a trial while other suspects who were also detained were released pending trial with judicial controls.

On Oct. 15, HDP district mayor Hasan Basri Firat was also arrested for allegedly establishing a so-called 'justice commission' for the outlawed PKK and punishing a civilian in Turkey’s eastern province of Erzurum.

HDP is accused by the government of having close relations to PKK which is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, EU and the UK.

PKK terror attacks have killed 148 security officers and over 30 civilians since its umbrella organization, KCK, unilaterally ended over two years long cease fire with the government on July 11 and threatened the country with terror attacks.

HDP officials and members have previously attempted to serve as human shields for PKK terrorists and tried to interfere the operations of security officers.

Many members of HDP and its related parties, essentially Democratic Regions Party (DBP), previously were arrested over charges of “disrupting state unity, declaring autonomy and aiding terrorist PKK.”

TRTWorld, AA