Selahattin Demirtaş to carry indictments into him as medals, CHP leader says

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Former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş will carry the indictments into him as medals, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said.

Kılıçdaroğlu commented on a recent indictment into Demirtaş, who has been imprisoned since Nov. 4, 2016 on charges related to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), that was prepared over his criticism of a prosecutor.

Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor Yüksel Kocaman, who has been slammed for delaying writing the indictment into Demirtaş, visited President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the presidential palace after his wedding, prompting criticism on the judiciary’s dependence on the government.

Following his visit, Demirtaş sent a message through his lawyer Cahit Kırkazak, saying that gifts given to the prosecutors won’t save them from being tried in the future.

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On Sept. 23, a new indictment was prepared into Demirtaş for “threatening” Kocaman and “targeting public officials included in the struggle against terror.”

According to the indictment, Demirtaş targeted Kocaman in a hearing on Jan. 7.

Kılıçdaroğlu on Sept. 23 also slammed Kocaman and said that a prosecutor can’t head to the presidential palace right after getting married.

“If you are the prosecutor of the presidential palace, then don’t use the title ‘Chief Public Prosecutor.’ We know that there are prosecutors lined up in front of Erdoğan,” the CHP leader said.

Saying that Demirtaş will carry the indictments as medals, Kılıçdaroğlu noted that prosecutors can also be criticized.

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About CHP EU Representation

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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