Turkish Parliament strips HDP deputy Konca of parliamentary status

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The Turkish Parliament has stripped pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Siirt deputy Besime Konca of her parliamentary status.

According to the T24 website, Konca’s parliamentary status was removed after a court approved two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for her on charges of “terrorist propaganda.”

Konca was released on July 29 after her arrest on May 29 at Batman Airport on a warrant issued by a Batman provincial court.

She was released from prison on May 3 after five months in pretrial detention on charges of membership in an armed terror organization and disseminating the propaganda of a terror organization.

The third largest party in the Turkish Parliament, the HDP has now 54 seats in the legislature.

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