Mehmet Candemir, an imprisoned Kurdish politician from the Democratic Regions Party (DBP), died of heart attack at a prison in Turkey’s Giresun province.

He has been in the Espiye L type prison for over 6 years.

Candemir, who was detained on charges of terrorist organization membership and aiding an abetting a terrorist organization in July 2016, was handed down a prison sentence of 17 years, six months by a Turkish court in January 2021.

Hundreds of Kurdish politicians including the former co-chairs of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the second largest opposition party in the Turkish Parliament, are behind bars in Turkey on politically motivated charges.

They are accused of having links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been waging a bloody campaign in Turkey’s Southeast since 1984 and is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey and much of the international community.