Kurdish deputy on trial on terrorism charges

A hearing during the ongoing trial of a member of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) charged with propagating the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) took place on Tuesday.

Kurdish deputy on trial on terrorism charges
A hearing during the ongoing trial of a member of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) charged with propagating the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) took place on Tuesday.

Aysel Tuğluk, who is also a legislator elected from the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, did not appear before the Diyarbakır 4th Criminal Court. The head of the DTP's Diyarbakır chapter, Hilmi Aydoğdu, is being tried in the same case. The court postponed the next hearing to a later date, in order for the suspects' file, which is missing documents, to be completed.

Tuğluk, whose lawyers were also absent from the hearing, is being charged with propagating a terrorist organization, under the second paragraph of the seventh article of the Anti-Terrorism Law, because of a speech she made at a meeting in Batman and a demonstration organized in Diyarbakır in September 2006.

Tuğluk had claimed in the Diyarbakır demonstration held to mark Sept. 1, World Peace Day, that a 20-day solitary cell confinement given to Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed leader of the terrorist group, was unlawful. She had also praised a declaration by the separatist group as "a serious opportunity and chance for peace."

Sezgin Tanrıkulu, head of the Diyarbakır Bar Association, said the court had to suspend the case for those suspects elected to Parliament according to the law. "As long as Parliament does not lift parliamentary immunity from a person, the file must remain pending. There can be no trial." Tuğluk was elected from Diyarbakır to Parliament as an independent deputy in the July 22 elections, garnering 44,000 votes.

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Last Mod: 08 Ağustos 2007, 16:20
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