Zeynep Sipçik, former co-mayor of Mardin’s Dargeçit district, has been sentenced to 13 years in jail.
Under arrest since March, 2016, Dipcik was convicted of membership to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), media reported Tuesday.
Dipcik was the co-mayor of Dargecit until the government seized the administration, appointing a trustee panel to run it due to her suspected terror ties.
Pro-Kurdish politicians have been one of the main targets of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) since a coup attempt in July 2016, following which the government launched a massive crackdown on its opponents under the pretext of an anti-coup fight. According to a report released by the pro-Kurdish HDP in December, 16 former deputies including the party’s former co-chairpersons Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ as well as one current deputy are in currently in jail on terrorism charges.