Turkey's HDP suspends parliamentary activities

Peoples’ Democratic Party shelves involvement in legislature following arrests of several of its lawmakers

Turkey's HDP suspends parliamentary activities

World Bulletin / News Desk

The opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on Sunday announced the suspension of its parliamentary activities following the arrest of 12 of its lawmakers on Friday.

“We have decided to suspend our activities in the legislative power and to meet our people again,” party spokesman Ayhan Bilgen said following a meeting of party’s executive in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir.

The HDP, parliament’s third largest party, has 59 deputies in the Grand National Assembly. On Friday, 12 were arrested for failing to answer a court summons linked to a counter-extremism investigation.

Nine, including co-leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, were remanded in custody pending trial. Arrest warrants for three others remain outstanding.

Parliamentary immunity from prosecution for lawmakers facing criminal investigation was lifted earlier this year. Although it affects deputies from all four parliamentary parties it is mostly politicians from the HDP, which has been accused of ties to the PKK extremist organization, and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) that are involved.

Most HDP politicians face charges of spreading extremist propaganda through speeches.

Last Mod: 06 Kasım 2016, 12:58
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