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Jailed HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas appears in court on charges of insulting Turkey’s president

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nsnbc : Selahattin Demirtas, the jailed co-leader of Turkey’s People’s Democratic Party (HDP) on Friday appeared in court for the first time since his arrest in late 2016, insisting that his detention was unlawful.

Turkey’s Jailed Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas appears in court for first time, January 12, 2018.

Arriving at the Istanbul courthouse Dmirtas was given a warm welcome by supporters. He is standing trial in a case where he is charged with “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It is one of a stunning 96 legal cases that have enmeshed the politician.

The 44-year-old Demirtas saluted those chanting “chief” as he was surrounded by members of the gendarmerie, an AFP correspondent inside the courtroom reported. Over 1,000 people gathered outside the court in the district of Bakirkoy, as they chanted “Demirtas is our honor” and “shoulder to shoulder against fascism!”. Slogans chanted from outside, including “chief Selo” (Demirtas’ nickname) and “dictator Erdogan”, were heard inside the courtroom while Demirtas was speaking.

“We didn’t want to leave alone Demirtas, the will of the people and the representative of 6 million votes,” one of the supporters Muhsin Argat said. “That’s why we are in the streets, we are here, we are together with Demirtas.”

In the court, Demirtas hit out at the trials taking place against him in which he has been unable to defend himself and insisted his immunity from prosecution as an MP was still valid. “I have immunity as much as all MPs in parliament, I have immunity as much as (prime minister) Binali Yildirim,” he told the court. In May 2016, a law was passed lifting 138 MPs’ immunity from prosecution. The HDP has previously said the measure is aimed at expelling its MPs from parliament.

Demirtas called for his conditional release but the judge said the request had to be presented in writing for “detailed examination”, before postponing the trial to May 17. Addressing the court, the popular politician asked the court if he could take off his jacket. His supporters replied: “The chief is always handsome.”

In the most serious case against Demirtas, which is being heard in Ankara, the former human rights lawyer is accused of links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who have waged an insurgency against Turkey since 1984. The PKK is designated as a terror group by Ankara and its Western allies; However, a growing number of EU member states are changing policy and consider the PKK’s struggle as legitimate and the situation in Turkey as a civil war. If convicted, Demirtas faces up to a whopping 142 years in that case.

Demirtas was among 12 HDP MPs taken into custody in November 2016 under the state of emergency imposed following the failed overthrow of Erdogan in July of that year. The party has come under heavy pressure with authorities opening investigations into 55 out of 59 HDP MPs, according to HDP officials. In another blow to the HDP, parliament meanwhile voted to dismiss its deputy Leyla Zana as an MP. Zana, a former Sakharov Prize winner, had been jailed for ten years from 1994-2004 on charges of links to the PKK after using the Kurdish language in parliament in 1991.

Now, nine MPs including Demirtas remain in jail including the party’s former co-leader Figen Yüksekdag who was stripped of her MP status in February 2016. She resigned in May last year as co-leader and Demirtas last week said he would also step down as co-chairman of the party at a congress next month, fearing that he would likely remain imprisoned. He has been held at a prison in Edirne, northwest Turkey, and during his time there, he has written poetry, produced artwork and penned a selection of short stories entitled “Seher” — or “Dawn” in Turkish.

F/AK – nsnbc 13.01.2017

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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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