Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a lawmaker from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), officially returned to the Turkish parliament on Friday after spending a month in prison on “terror” charges.
Gergerlioğlu’s parliamentarian status was revoked late March 2021 due to the approval of a prison sentence he was handed down for a tweet he posted in 2016. He was later arrested and sent to Ankara’s Sincan prison on April 3, 2021.
Gergerlioğlu, a fierce critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was sentenced by a Turkish court to two years, six months in prison early in February 2018 on charges of disseminating terrorist propaganda by retweeting a news story regarding the Turkey’s Kurdish conflict and the government-led peace process in 2016. His prison sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court of Appeals on February 19, 2021.
Kulisteyiz, birkaç dakika içinde karar okunacak ve Genel Kurul'a geçeceğiz pic.twitter.com/CbR7AHhAMy
— Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu (@gergerliogluof) July 16, 2021