An indictment prepared for Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş and its Ankara MP Sırrı Süreyya Önder demanded up to five years in prison on charges of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization”.

Bakırköy Public Prosecutor prepared the indictment against Demirtaş and Önder on grounds of their speeches at a rally in Istanbul’s Zeytinburnu district on March 17, 2013.

The indictment reads; “The remarks they voiced in their speeches during the mentioned rally praised the leader and itself of the terrorist organization PKK/KCK which seeks to separate a part of the country from state ruling through widespread violence and to found an independent Kurdistan state based on Marxist-Leninist principles, and which has carried out armed actions all around the country since 1984. The state has the right to expect the suspects, of political personalities, to abstain from expressions that praise terrorist activities in the country and reflect them as rightful.”