Skip to comments.Erdoganís office demands opposition leaders, deputies be stripped of immunity
Posted on 11/30/2018 1:17:46 PM PST by Texas Fossil
The office of Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday demanded that the countrys parliament strip immunity from the leaders of the main and Kurdish opposition parties and 19 other lawmakers to pave the way for potential prosecution, Kurdistan 24 reported.
The move comes only a week after the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that the pretrial detention former leader of the Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş had gone on longer than could be justified.
It is also the latest in a far-reaching crackdown on the opposition, the Kurdish movement and civil society that has over the past two years seen the jailing of up to 150,000 people, 50,000 of them now political prisoners.
The Presidency has sent the parliament 43 files containing criminal charges against Pervin Buldan, co-chair of the HDP, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the Republican Peoples Party (CHP), and other deputies from their respective parties, state media reported.
If approved by a majority of lawmakers, they will have to face charges levied by prosecutors and also appear before courts that could land them in jail, as was the case with Demirtaş and a dozen other now-former lawmakers from the previous parliament.
It was not immediately clear what the accusations against them were.
However, earlier reports this month by the pro-government media said charges against the opposition politicians ranged from membership in terrorist organizations and disseminating terrorist propaganda to insulting the president, based on their speeches.
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Erdogan the Islamist Dictator of Turkey is never satisfied. He always demands. Will this latest awaken the West to where we really are with Turkey?
And at the same time it is happening again in the Turkish Military.
Abdullah Bozkurt @abdbozkurt 6h6 hours ago
32 officers were unlawfully detained today including those who worked at #Incirlik Air Base where the US-led anti-ISIL coalition forces were deployed in #Turkey. Every day dozens, sometimes hundreds, were detained in @NATO alliance's 2nd largest army. #ErdoganDismantlesNATOarmy
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