Indictment against HDP Co-chair Yüksekdağ accepted by court

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Co-chair of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) Figen Yuksekdag. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER / AFP PHOTO / -

A court in eastern Van province on Thursday accepted an indictment against Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ, who was detained by police on Nov. 4 over links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The indictment, prepared by the Van Public Prosecutor’s Office, calls for a five-year prison sentence for Yüksekdağ for “making propaganda for a terrorist organization” and acting against Turkish electoral law.

The charges against the HDP co-chair stem from an incident in October 2015 when Yüksekdağ reportedly referred to slain PKK militants as “martyrs” during an election campaign speech.

She, along with a dozen other HDP deputies, including her fellow party Co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, was detained after police raided her home in Ankara on Nov. 4.

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