Yuksekdag and Demirtas / Unknown

30/06/2016 - 17:46 0
HDP Leaders Summoned to Court

The co-chairs of the left-wing pro-autonomy Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, have been summoned to court for the first time since the immunity of MPs was lifted in the Turkish parliament.

Both co-chairs were ordered to give statements relating to separate cases today. Demirtaş was ordered by the Mersin Public Prosecutor's Office to give a statement about a speech he made on 27 February 2016, in which he is alleged to have "insulted the state's military or security forces," while talking about the murder of civilians in basements in Cizre.

Yüksekdağ was summoned to give evidence by post later in the day for "making false accusations against a public servant."

Since last week five other HDP deputies have been called to give evidence. However in a decision taken by the party before the bill to life immunity was passed, the HDP, refusing to recognise courts they say are "working for the AKP government and president Erdogan," have decided not to give evidence in any of the cases.