Muhsun Kunur, a pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) member and the former mayor of Sirnak’s Silopi district who has been in prison over terror charges for the past 9 months, was not allowed to attend the funeral of his mother who died on Tuesday.

Sentenced to 3 years plus 1 month and 15 days in jail on accusation of committing crime on behalf of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in 2012, Kunur was put in Elazig prison after his conviction was upheld by Supreme Courts of Appeals 9 months ago. Kunur was

His 87-year-old mother, Hayic Kunur passed away after suffering from multiple organ failure at Batman State Hospital late Tuesday.

Lawyers representing the former mayor submitted, to no avail, an official request to the Elazig Public Prosecutor’s Office, seeking permission to attend the funeral.

The prosecutor’s office declined the request over safety concerns during transportation.