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Turkish court sentenced HDP deputy and MP Abdullah Zeydan to eight years on terror charges

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nsnbc : A Turkish court sentenced People’s Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Abdullah Zeydan to 8 years, 1 month and 15 days on terror charges, according to HDP. This is the second time Zeydan has been convicted on the same offence.

HDP MP Abdullah Zeydan (centre) was sentenced to over 8 years in jail on terror charges on Thursday. Photo: Abdullah Zeydan/Twitter

Zeydan was originally found guilty of aiding a terror organization in July 2016 but he appealed the court’s ruling. His appeal was granted and his conviction was overturned on the grounds of lack of evidence.

However, the prosecutor retaliated and renewed the charges against Zeydan. He was arrested on November 4, 2016, along with several other HDP deputies and was convicted by the same court for a second time on Thursday.  The sentence he was handed on Thursday is identical to what he was given in 2016. The HDP has condemned the court’s decision as politically motivated and biased.

The charges relate to the funeral of a YPG fighter that Zeydan attended. The prosecution maintains that the Syrian – Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) is a terrorist organization allied and on par with Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK).

The YPG’s official position in that regard has become somewhat ambiguous since the United States began supporting the YPG as the main constituent of the also US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. Officially there is often a policy of denial – to please the US – while the photo and flags of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan fly in the face of anyone who participates in official YPG arrangements.

Prosecutors allege that PKK members were at the funeral. HDP insists Zeydan was in attendance to comfort the family members only. Moreover, attending a funeral of a deceased YPG member is in and on itself not evidence for one’s own membership in or support of an organization that has been designated as terrorist.

Ahmed Yildirim, head of HDP’s bloc in the parliament, described the court case as theatre and claimed the result was pre-determined, because “the order has been written from higher places,” referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party. Yildirim asked why Turkey still has an appeal court if their decisions are not respected.

According to the HDP, the judge that heard the most recent case accused Zeydan’s lawyers of “bothering” the court. Zeydan has been staying in the same cell as HDP’s former co-chair Selahattin Demirtas in the high security Edirne prison. The two joined a prison hunger strike in March 2017.

“In consequence of the Edirne Prison’s stance of no-dialogue, unlawful practices, inhuman practices against other prisoners, and the complete lack of good intention regarding the ending of hunger strikes that have been continuing for days, we, too, from Friday on, will begin a hunger strike,” read a statement they issued from Edirne prison at the time.

In August 2017, Zeydan had health problems but he refused to go to hospital because he would have been forced to travel handcuffed. In May 2016, the Turkish parliament voted to lift immunity from a select group of MPs, including many HDP members facing terror charges for alleged ties to the PKK.  Nine HDP MPs are currently in prison.

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Social media crackdown on citizens, lawmakers follows Turkey’s attacks on Afrin

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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Turkish authorities launched investigations on Monday against scores of people—among them journalists, writers, and lawmakers—and arrested dozens of others over their criticism on social media of Ankara’s invasion of the Kurdish region of Afrin in northwestern Syria.

The chief public prosecutor’s office in Istanbul announced probes targeting 57 individuals for the crimes of “propaganda in support of a terror group, inciting public hostility, insulting the President, and sharing content that contravenes realities.”

Over the weekend, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke harshly of those daring to protest his army’s aerial and ground attacks on the isolated Kurdish enclave where Turkish airstrikes have killed dozens, among them civilians and fighters of the US-backed People’s Protection Units (YPG).

He vowed to “pulverize” them, directing his words also at the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), an opposition bloc already bracing an ongoing crackdown since late 2016 that saw its Co-leader Selahattin Demirtas, nine lawmakers, 80 mayors, and thousands of members imprisoned.

In the Kurdish province of Mardin, Diyarbakir, and Mus, police arrested at least 30 people.

Journalist Nurcan Baysal and local co-head of HDP’s branch in Diyarbakir’s Bismil district Refai Baran were detained in midnight raids for their tweets and Facebook posts in support of the people of Afrin.

Three other journalists and authors, Ishak Karakas, Aziz Tunc, and Ismail Eskin, were also taken into custody by Istanbul police.

According to the Turkish Journalists’ Association, prisons across Turkey are home to over 160 reporters, photographers, writers, and other media workers.

Elsewhere, in Van, on the border with Iranian Kurdistan, the public prosecutor began probes against four HDP lawmakers representing the province at the Turkish Parliament.

In Dersim, MP Ali Oncel was the target of another Ankara-appointed prosecutor.

HDP Spokesperson Ayhan Bilgen and Hakkari MP Nadir Yildirim were already under investigations for their tweets regarding the Afrin offensive.

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany



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Members of European Parliament condemn Turkish attack on Afrin

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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Members of the European Parliament on Monday condemned Turkey’s ongoing military operation against Kurds in the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin.

Cypriot MEP Takis Hadjigeorgiou, who is also the Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s delegation to Turkey, “strongly condemned the Turkish invasion” by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava).

“We stand with all the peacekeeping forces that call for an immediate end to the invasion and the withdrawal of Turkish troops,” Hadjigeorgiou continued.

“We express our solidarity with the Syrian people and the Kurds in both Syria and Turkey who are constantly threatened by the Turkish government,” he added.

German MEP Martina Michels also criticized the military operation in Afrin, stressing that “it is unacceptable that the Turkish army has been attacking Kurdish villages.”

“[The campaign in Afrin] goes to the heart of Erdogan’s long-held dream of destroying Kurdish self-determination—not just within Turkey, but in Iraq and Syria as well,” she said.

Meanwhile, French MEP Marie-Christine Vergiat called on the international community to “act quickly by taking a stand against these operations and by bolstering our support to the inhabitants of Afrin.”

During a meeting with European foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, said she was “extremely worried” about the ongoing Turkish attacks against Syrian Kurds in Afrin.

Mogherini also noted that the violence might undermine the peace talks on Syria in Geneva, and severely affect the humanitarian situation on the ground.



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KRG PM to meet Abadi for second time this week

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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister announced he would be meeting with his Iraqi counterpart at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday.

During a press conference following a Council of Ministers meeting in Erbil on Monday, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said he had a “productive meeting” with Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad on Sunday and is scheduled to meet him again in Davos.

Prime Minister Barzani and an accompanying KRG delegation met with Abadi in Baghdad for the first time since the Kurdistan Region’s Sep. 25 independence referendum.

Barzani said he had discussed the salaries of public employees, oil, airports, and border crossings with Abadi, adding the KRG “will be in communication with the Baghdad-appointed committees sent to the Kurdistan Region to resolve all the outstanding issues.”

Barzani, who will attend the World Economic Forum, revealed that he would sit with the Iraqi PM and Minister of Oil once again, noting that the meetings between the KRG and the Iraqi government would continue in the future.

Regarding the end of an international flight ban on the Kurdistan Region’s airports, the KRG Prime Minister admitted it was still unclear when Baghdad would lift the ban, but said the relevant committees had been working to resolve the issues.

Barzani also explained that the KRG delegation’s visits to Tehran and Baghdad “did not result in any agreements as we worked on restoring the two sides’ relations with the Kurdistan Region.”

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany



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