Opposition motion for release of jailed deputies rejected by AK Party

These deputies were elected to Parliament in last year’s general elections and their nomination to run for Parliament led to widespread controversy as they were in jail at the time.

Opposition motion for release of jailed deputies rejected by AK Party

World Bulletin / News Desk

Also on Sunday, Parliament debated a motion submitted by opposition parties, the CHP, BDP and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), for the release of their deputies -- who are currently under arrest on coup and terror charges pending trial --from prison.

The motion, however, did not receive the support of the AK Party, which holds the majority in Parliament.

The CHP’s jailed deputies, Mustafa Balbay and Mehmet Haberal, and Engin Alan of the MHP face coup charges, while the BDP’s six imprisoned deputies face charges of membership in the KCK.

These deputies were elected to Parliament in last year’s general elections and their nomination to run for Parliament led to widespread controversy as they were in jail at the time.

While the three opposition parties voted for the adoption of the motion, AK Party deputies voted against it. MHP parliamentary group deputy chairman Oktay Vural criticized AK Party deputies for their lack of support.

“The hands which were raised for bureaucrats were not raised for the [jailed] deputies. The motion would have paved the path for the release of deputies had it been adopted,” he said.

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