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Alp Altınörs, HDP deputy co-chair being taken to prison / Unknown

16/09/2016 - 09:57 0
HDP Deputy Co-chair Alp Altinors and 11 Others Imprisoned

Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Deputy Co-chair Alp Altınörs, who was detained 7 days ago, appeared before a judge in the early hours of this morning and was charged and sent to prison.

Altınörs was detained on 9 September following a police raid at his home in Ankara and later taken to Tokat, a town in central Anatolia, where he was accused of attending the funeral of Zakir Karabulut, killed in the Ankara bombing by Islamic State in October 2015.

The HDP Deputy Co-chair was beaten in custody and went on hunger strike in protest of the treatment.

HDP Tokat Co-chair Kadir Akkaya and HDP Tokat County Co-chair Erdal Bektas, alongside 13 other HDP members, were also detained in concurrent operations.

Appearing in court in the early hours of the morning, following questioning by the prosecutor Altınörs and other HDP officials and members were accused of being "members of an illegal organisation" and "procuring members for said organisation".

12 people including the HDP Deputy Co-chair were charged and sent to Çamlıbel Prison, while 4 people were released on supervision.

Commentators have assessed Altınörs' imprisonment as another step towards the arrest of HDP MPs including Co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, who have been summoned to court following the lifting of parliamentary immunity, but have refused to go.

The HDP condemned Altınörs' arrest as Demirtaş scathingly tweeted, "Alp Altınörs is a revolutionary, honourable and head held high. He's not a thief, not ignoble, not a murderer and enemy of the people, he is our honour."

Influential columnist Abdulkadir Selvi, a supporter of the AKP with sources within the government, recently wrote that the next step in the "fight against terror" would be the arrest and imprisonment of HDP MPs.

The HDP, which received 10.8% of the vote in Turkey's last general election, is the third largest party in parliament.

Source: DIHA