Başak Demirtaş, the wife of the former co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş, has been sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison for having provided inaccurate information over a date in a medical report.

According to the Turkish media, Basak Demirtaş, 44, reported an incorrect date on a medical report issued by a doctor in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir in 2015, which she passed to her employer while taking sick leave.

The European Parliament’s Turkey rapporteur, Nacho Sanchez Amor, said her sentencing seemed “political”.

“The sentence of @Basak__Demirtas, wife of @hdpdemirtas, to 2,5 years of prison for a mere clerical error concerning a medical record is appalling and seems beyond common sense. It just looks so political. It gives the measure of the worrying state of Turkish judiciary,” Amor tweeted.

Başak’s husband, Selahattin,  has been in prison since late 2016 despite two European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) rulings in 2018 and 2020 that said the politician was imprisoned for “political” reasons and not for “legal” reasons, ordering his “immediate release.”