HDP deputy Başaran released after brief detention

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Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Batman deputy Ayşe Acar Başaran was released on Friday after a brief detention in Batman earlier in the day as part of a terror probe.

Başaran was released after testifying to the Batman 5th Penal Court of First Instance.

Turkey has stepped up its crackdown on Kurdish politicians in recent months. The Turkish government has jailed 13 members of the HDP in Parliament on terrorism charges and taken direct control of 82 municipalities in the Kurdish southeast region, suspending and incarcerating elected mayors, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released in March.

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