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Turkish HDP Party Leader May Face Five Years in Prison For Promoting Terrorism

Sputnik News

15:40 12.08.2016(updated 16:08 12.08.2016)

The Turkish Prosecutor's Office is ready to charge Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) with disseminating terrorism-related propaganda, which means he could spend three to five years in prison if found guilty, media reported Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Turkish Dogan news agency said that the Prosecutor's office also wants to charge Demirtas's deputy, Sirri Sureyya Onder.

According to media reports, Demirtas and Onder may be charged with having promoted terrorist idealogies in their speeches at a rally in support of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan on March 17, 2013.

The PKK party is based in Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan and seeks to create a Kurdish state in parts of Turkey and Iraq. The PKK is considered a terrorist party and outlawed by many nations, including the United States and Turkey. Ocalan is serving a life sentence for his military struggle against Turkey but still remains an authoritative voice among the country's Kurdish population.


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