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Turkey Seeks Over 25 Years in Prison for Pro-Kurdish Lawmaker


ERBIL — A Turkish prosecutor on Tuesday asked for 25-years-in-prison sentence to be given to Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Meral Danış Beştaş.

The prosecutor’s office has accused Beştaş of being a member of a terrorist organization, inciting others to commit crime and provoking the public to attend illegal meetings and demonstrations.

The HDP lawmaker was previously between 30th January and 21st April last year taken into custody as part of an investigation by the Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

“The prosecutor reminded Beştaş’s call for people to take to the streets in October 2014, when the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attacked the Syrian town of Kobane,” Hurriyet Daily News reported.

As part of Ankara’s crackdown against the HDP, dozens of politicians from the pro-Kurdish party were taken under detention, nine of whom are still behind bars.

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