Turkish prosecutor probes leader of banned Kurd party

DTP's ex-officials who defied calls to condemn PKK violence, says they have "no organic links" with PKK.

Turkish prosecutor probes leader of banned Kurd party

A Turkish state prosecutor opened an inquiry targeting the chairman of a banned Kurdish party on Tuesday after he said that a jailed militant PKK leader advised the party's legislators to stay in parliament.

The Constitutional Court banned the Democratic Society Party (DTP) on Dec 11 because of its ties with the militant PKK.

The Ankara State Prosecutors' Office said in a statement that it had opened a judicial inquiry based on allegations that Turk had glorified criminals and their acts and encouraged hatred in society, state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

The DTP's former chairman Ahmet Turk said that jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan had conveyed, via lawyers, his opposition to DTP legislators quitting parliament.

DTP's ex-officials who defied calls to condemn PKK violence, says they have "no organic links" with PKK.

DTP legislators, however, announced last Friday that they would stay in parliament by joining another Kurdish party, the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP).

The ban ruling was criticised by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and the European Commission.

The BDP is the seventh Kurdish political party to be founded in Turkey. Its six predecessors have been closed.


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