Turkish court investigates HDP co-chair over 'trenches'

Turkish court launches investigation on HDP co-leader Selahattin Demirtas over his statements on PKK trenches

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas is seen in the file photo

The chief public prosecutor’s office in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province opened an investigation against the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas on Tuesday.

Demirtas, along with some other HDP and DBP (Democratic Regions Party) officials including Kamuran Yuksek, Hatip Dicle and Ertugrul Kurkcu, was charged over some statements which they made during a joint press conference on Dec. 18.

With respect to his statements, Demirtas was indicted over supporting ‘’trenches and road barricades with those behind them’’, namely PKK terrorists, and ‘’inciting local people to riot.’’

It was reported that the court will send summary of proceedings for Demirtas and Kurkcu with the demand of lifting their legislative immunities.

Demirtas was also earlier charged with "openly instigating crime" and "making propaganda of the terrorist organisation."

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

PKK terror attacks have killed more than 180 security officers and over 30 civilians since its umbrella organisation, KCK, unilaterally ended over two years long ceasefire 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 in the operations of security officers.

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

TRTWorld and agencies