A court in the western province of İzmir has accepted on Monday an indictment against pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), including co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ, over terror charges seeking up to five years in jail.
HDP deputies Erdal Ataş, Mizgin Irgat and Yüksekdağ were indicted as part of an investigation by İzmir Public Prosecutor’s Office on charges of “making propaganda for a terrorist organization.”
İzmir Public Prosecutor’s Office took legal action after receiving complaints about HDP lawmakers’ speeches during a panel discussion in İzmir in February.
The indictment said that HDP deputies referred to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) actions as a “people’s struggle” and were thus included in the indictment as charges for “terrorism and propaganda for a terrorist organization.”
Earlier this month, 13 HDP lawmakers were arrested pending trial on charges links with PKK.