Pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Ferhat Encü who was released from jail on Wednesday, was arrested once again on Friday after Şırnak Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office objected to his release.
Encü was first arrested in a police operation on Nov. 4 along with eight other party deputies including the party’s Co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ. He was released from Kandıra Prison on Wednesday.
Encü was referred to the Şırnak Courthouse on Friday after detention.
Turkey has stepped up its crackdown on Kurdish politicians in recent months. Trustees have been appointed to dozens of municipalities in the country’s predominantly Kurdish Southeast, while hundreds of local Kurdish politicians have been arrested on terror charges. The number of jailed HDP deputies rose to 12 after Encü’s arrest.
The developments have attracted widespread criticism from the region and Western countries.
* Turkish Minute contributed to this report.