Ahmet Yildirim (white shirt centre) at demo against Madimak Massacre

04/07/2017 - 09:35 0
HDP lawmaker sentenced to prison and barred from politics for allegedly insulting Erdogan

Turkey's opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Group Deputy Chair and Muş MP Ahmet Yıldırım has been sentenced to 1 year and 2 months in prison by Muş 2nd Penal Court of First Instance in the case opened against him for allegedly “insulting the President”. While Yıldırım was also barred from politics, the court has rejected the demand for the postponement of sentence or conversion of imprisonment into a fine.

In a press statement about the curfew in Şırnak's Cizre district on 12 September 2015, Yıldırım had said: “The would-be padishah [sultan] in the Palace and all those around him will be prosecuted. I am saying it clearly, Tayyip Erdoğan is not any cleaner than [90s Prime Minister] Tansu Çiller.”

A summary of proceedings was issued for Yıldırım due to these remarks and he was later sued for “insulting the President” after the legal arrangement for the removal of parliamentary immunities went into effect.

During the fourth hearing in the case, Muş 2nd Penal Court of First Instance sentenced Yıldırım to 1 year in prison for “insulting the President” and increased the penalty to 1 year and 2 months for “committing the offense in public”.

The court also barred Yıldırım from politics and ruled to deprive him of some rights.

Yıldırım's lawyers have appealed to Erzurum Regional Administrative Court against the court decision.

Source: ANF