Aysel Tugluk during 2015 June elections

28/12/2016 - 20:50 0
Turkey jails HDP deputy co-chair Aysel Tugluk

Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy co-chair Aysel Tugluk has been arrested tonight after appearing in court in Diyarbakir.

A twice former MP of the HDP's predecessor Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), Tugluk was detained on Monday in a house raid in Ankara.

According to reports Tugluk has been arrested on charges of being the "member of an illegal organisation", namely the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

12 HDP deputies are awaiting trial in custody on alleged terrorism related charges.

Commentators have called the imprisonment of more than 2500 HDP members a "revenge attack" by the ruling AKP government for the pro-Kurdish rights party's victory in the June 2015 general election, which left the AKP bereft of a majority.

Kurdish politicians have called the arrests "a hostage situation to silence the only democratic opposition in the country."