Prosecutor launches inquiry into HDP central executive board

Turkish prosecutor launches inquiry into HDP central executive board members over comments connected to October 6-7 riots

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Turkish police detained 14 HDP members during anti terror operations in the Saruhanli district of Manisa.

The Ankara chief prosecutor’s office has launched an inquiry into members of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) central executive board over statements connected to the riots which took place in southeastern Turkey between October 6 to 7 last year.

The public prosecutor, Aytekin Cenikli, summoned all members of the HDP central executive board who do not have a legislative immunity to give testimony over controversial statements they made around the time of the riots. 

The HDP's lawyer, Pinar Akdemir said that a separate inquiry was initiated against deputy members of the board who will testify after Oct.1.

The riots of Oct. 6-7 took place after HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas called on the party's supporters to rally in the streets in support of the besieged Syrian city of Kobani. The rallies soon turned violent and there were attacks on members of Huda-Par, a rival conservative party whose support is mostly also concentrated in southeast Turkey. During the riots, more than 40 people were killed by the terrorist PKK's youth arm, the YDG-H. 

Teens Yasin Boru, Hakan Gokgoz, Riyat Gunes and Huseyin Dakak as well as some other Huda-Par members were killed on the fourth day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha by YDG-H in Diyarbakir, while distributing food packages assigned by an association for aid purposes.

The teenage boys were brutally attacked and killed with knives and arms by the "protestors" after taking shelter in a building.

The HDP is alleged to have close ties with the PKK, and both operate closely with an umbrella organisation called the KCK. 

The families of the teens killed during the events have accused HDP co-chair Demirtas of being responsible for the murder of their sons. 

Six HDP members arrested over links with terror organisation

A Turkish court has indicted six out of 14 HDP members who were detained during anti-terror operations against the PKK in western province of Manisa.

The fourteen suspects were detained on Oct. 19 on charges of being members of a terror organisation and attacking police with molotov coktails following a police operation in Manisa's Saruhanli District. 

The police also seized several guns and documents belonging to the PKK in the same operation.

According to the Turkish Army, PKK terror attacks have "martyred" 148 security officers and over 30 civilians since the group's umbrella organisation the KCK unilaterally ended a two-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11.

Officials of the HDP have previously been arrested several times on charges of recruiting militants for the outlawed PKK and disrupting the unity and territorial integrity of the state.

Police forces seized 100 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 26 detonators and 20 large batteries that are used in bomb making from a truck owned by the HDP-governed Van municipality on Aug. 22.


TRTWorld and agencies