A Turkish court has arrested Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı on charges of “membership of a terrorist organization” and “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.”
Mızraklı is from the ranks of the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).
On August 19, Mızraklı was sacked due to ongoing investigations into them, according to a statement from the Turkish Interior Ministry.
Mızraklı was later detained at his home following a police raid on Monday morning and sent to prison today, according to the Mezopotamya news portal.
Although he was democratically elected in a nationwide local election held on March 31, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its leader and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accuse the HDP mayors of links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.