The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) parliamentarian Aysel Tuğluk, already in jail on terror charges, was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison.

A Kocaeli court sentenced Tuğluk to 18 months in jail for “violation of law on meetings.”

Turkish government has stepped up political pressure on Kurdish minority in recent years, seizing Kurdish-run municipalities and arresting their mayors. Dozens of trustees have been appointed by the Interior Ministry to mostly pro-Kurdish municipalities in Turkey’s Southeast, replacing the elected mayors and municipal council members.

Tuğluk, too, has been in prison for some time over terror charges.

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