The Turkish Parliament has stripped pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies Osman Baydemir and Selma Irmak of their parliamentary status, the Cumhuriyet daily reported.
The decision was made due to the approval by an appeals court of sentences the two depuies had previously received.
A regional appeals court in Gaziantep in February approved a 10-year jail sentence given to Irmak on charges of “membership in a terrorist organization” and “disseminating the propaganda of a terror organization.” The same court also approved in March a 17-month jail sentence handed down to Baydemir on charges of insulting a police officer.
So far, a total of 11 pro-Kurdish deputies were strip of parliamentary status: Figen Yüksekdağ, Nursel Aydoğan, Faysal Sarıyıldız, Tuğba Hezer Öztürk, Besime Konca, Leyla Zana, Fethat Encü, İbrahim Ayhan, Ahmet Yıldırım, Osman Baydemir, Selma Irmak.
The number of HDP deputies in Parliament has dropped to 48 from the 59 the party won in the Nov. 1, 2015 general election.