Turkey's ex-Kurd MPs at court over PKK links after arrest order

Kurdish MPs have come to testify in a court over alleged PKK links, in a move that will likely to ease the crisis erupted after arrest warrant.

Turkey's ex-Kurd MPs at court over PKK links after arrest order

 

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ahmet Turk and Aysel Tugluk, who were officially expelled from the parliament have come to testify in a court over alleged PKK links, in a move that will likely to ease the crisis erupted after arrest warrant.

The Turkish court earlier issued an arrest warrant for the politicians after the failure to appear at the court.

After the closure of DTP, former co-chairs of the party Ahmet Turk and Aysel Tugluk was banned from politics for five years.

They went to the Ankara Court House to testify in cases in which they are defendants.

Tugluk and Turk entered the court house from the door that used by prisoner and went to Ankara 11. High Criminal Court hearing room.

Journalists and observers were not allowed to the room.

It is reported that Ahmet Turk has testified first. Aysel Tugluk will testify later.

Defendants' lawyer Mehmet Nuri Ozmen accompanies Turk and Tugluk in the court.



Following his testimony, Anadolu news agency reported, Turk told reporters that he was accused of making propaganda for the PKK. Turk denied the accusations, saying, "my speeches have never been aimed at propaganda. I have just expressed my opinions."

"Besides, I am accused of committing crime because I uttered the word 'sayin' (an honorific title in Turkish which literally means esteemed). This is not true. I have been involved in politics for years. I usually use a gentle speaking style," Turk said.

Turk had expressed the word "sayin" while talking about Abdullah Ocalan, head of the PKK. Ocalan is currently serving his lifetime imprisonment.

Aysel Tugluk, on her part, said that she was standing trial on charges of "praising the crime and the criminal" and that she rejected all accusations.

Tugluk said that she was just involved in politics and that her speeches were aimed at expressing the truth to resolve problems peacefully.

The warrant ordered Turkish police to arrest the now-defunct DTP's former co- chairs Ahmet Turk and Aysel Tugluk, as well as two deputies Selahattin Demirtas and Emine Ayna.

They are facing charges of membership in the outlawed PKK. The suspects face jail sentences of between five and 15 years.

Following their testimonies, court cancelled the order issued for Turk and Tugluk.


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