Mayor of Turkey’s Agri province, Sirri Sakik, faces a trial over accusations of promoting terrorism on social media as official investigation into his personal account was concluded.
The indictment, which accuses Sakik of “encouraging and praising the terrorist organization PKK and its affiliate, the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), against the Turkish government’’ was prepared upon a citizen filed a criminal complaint about comments of Sakik in his Twitter account.
PKK, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, EU, and NATO, has killed over 150 security officials and over 30 civilians in Turkey, since the group’s umbrella organisation, KCK, unilaterally ended a two-and-a-half-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened Turkey with attacks.
Sakik said in a series of tweets posted in between Aug. 19 and 22 that “Kurds have been fighting for their freedom.”
Agri Criminal Court demanded a jail sentence up to seven-and-a-half years and a ban on political activity for Sakik, who stood for the Peace and Democracy Party in the March 2014 election.
First hearing of the trial is due to take place on Dec. 10.
Sakik said about the upcoming trial that “This war will not last forever. If it will solve the problems, my punishment, my body shall be dedicated to Agri and peace.”