Proposals to lift immunity of 28 opposition lawmakers submitted to Turkish Parliament

Duvar English

Turkey’s Justice Ministry has submitted to the Parliament a total of 55 summary of proceedings seeking to have legislative immunity lifted for 28 opposition lawmakers from the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and and HDP’s sister party Democratic Regions Party (DBP).

Eight of the summary of proceedings prepared by the prosecutors target five CHP deputies, including Engin Özkoç, whose criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan prompted a fistfight in the Parliament on March 4. The other four CHP deputies are Seyit Torun, Abdullatif Şener, Ulaş Karasu and Özgür Özel.

Forty-two of the summary of proceedings prepared by the prosecutors target 22 HDP deputies, including the former co-chair Sezai Temelli and the current co-chair Pervin Buldan. The other 20 HDP deputies are Leyla Güven, Berdan Öztürk, Remziye Tosun, Gülüstan Kılıç Koçyiğit, İmam Taşçıer, Semra Güzel, Ayşe Acar Başaran, Musa Farisoğulları, Züleha Gülüm, Hüda Kaya, Alican Önlü, Ömer Öcalan, Murat Sarısaç, Ayşe Sürücü, Mensur Işık, Şevin Coşkun, Necdet İpekyüz, Muazzez Orhan, Ebrü Günay and Hakkı Saruhan Oluç.

Erdoğan had in February commented on an investigation launched into the annual congress of the HDP, signaling that more investigations could be on the way for the party officials.

“Their [HDP’s] judiciary process will [as of now] function very intensively; new [investigation] files might come anytime. Do not then say ‘Why didn’t the President say so before?’ Everything they do is crime,” Erdoğan had said on Feb. 25.

The prosecutors have also prepared six summary of proceedings against the only DBP deputy in the Parliament, Salihe Aydeniz – who resigned from the HDP and joined the DBP in December of 2019.

In November 2016, Turkish Parliament approved stripping its members of immunity from prosecution, a move that paved the way for the trials of opposition legislators.

from Duvar English

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The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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