Prosecutor starts inquiry into HDP co-chair over provocation

Diyarbakir chief public prosecutor starts inquiry against HDP co-chairman over accusations of incitement

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-Chairman Selahattin Demirtas is giving speech in Diyarbakır on September 10, 2015.

Updated Sep 10, 2015

Diyarbakir Public Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation against Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-Chairman Selahattin Demirtas late on Wednesday for controversial remarks he made in Diyarbakır.

The statement released by the office of chief public prosecution said Demirtas is accused of "openly instigating crime" and "making propaganda of a terrorist organisation." 

Demirtas' statements in response to anti-PKK protests have drawn attention of the prosecution body amid tense political atmosphere in the country as all other political stakeholders including the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu and Nationalist Movement Party's (MHP) youth wing leadership called on citizens to remain calm and beware of provocations. 

Talking about the investigation launched against him, Selahattin Demirtas said “My speech isn't criminal at all. There is no insult, no violence and terrorist propaganda. There is not a single sentence in my speech that a public prosecutor or any lawyer can charge me with.”

Other accusations directed at Demirtas by the prosecution were "insulting the state of Republic of Turkey, its people, public institutions and organs, and President Erdogan." 

Demanding Demirtas' immunity be lifted, a motion has accordingly been submitted to the Ministry of Justice.

The prosecutor's motion is expected to be referred to parliament by the ministry.

TRTWorld and agencies