Turkey detains one more HDP deputy

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HDP deputy Nihat Akdoğan

Following the arrest of nine deputies from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) last week, Turkish police on Monday detained one more HDP deputy in the southeastern province of Hakkari.

HDP Hakkari deputy Nihat Akdoğan was detained at the Depin police checkpoint, seven kilometers from Hakkari city center.

Akdoğan was subsequently brought to the Hakkari courthouse by police officers.

Turkish courts on Friday arrested nine HDP deputies including the party’s Co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, who were detained in the early hours of Friday following police raids on their homes. The HDP deputies were arrested after they refused to testify about alleged crimes linked to “terrorist propaganda.”

 

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