MPs denied entry into Ankara courthouse to observe HDP politicians’ hearing over Kobane protests

Duvar English

Lawmakers of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) were denied entry into the Ankara courthouse late on Oct. 1.

Some 20 HDP members, facing charges of encouraging people to take part in the 2014 Kobane protests, were brought to the courthouse late on Oct. 1, with a demand of their arrest.

A group of HDP and CHP lawmakers wanted to enter the courthouse to observe the hearing, but were prevented by police officers. CHP lawmaker Sezgin Tanrıkulu, who is a human rights lawyer, told the police officers that what they were doing was “against the law,” to which the police officer in charge replied, “I do not think it is.”

The police officers in question said that they had “instructions” from the prosecutors, whereas Tanrıkulu said that such a “verbal instruction” is of no value and there needs to be a judicial document for the prevention to have a legal basis.

“All HDP politicians under detention have been referred to the criminal court of peace for their arrest. With the instructions of the Ankara Courthouse Chief Prosecutor, a first is happening, the Courthouse has been closed to the lawmakers. All these unlawful actions are happening in your period,” Tanrıkulu wrote on Twitter, mentioning the Justice Ministry.

Twenty HDP politicians were referred to the court late on Oct. 1 with a demand for their arrest. The court released former HDP lawmaker sAltan Tan, Sırrı Süreyya Önder and feminist activist Gülfer Akkaya under judicial control, whereas ordered the arrest of the 17 other HDP members.

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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