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Two former HDP deputies released from pretrial detention

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Former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies Ayla Akat Ata and Taşkın Aktaş were released from pretrial detention on Wednesday along with three others after a hearing at the Ardahan 1st High Criminal Court, Bianet reported.

Aktaş is an HDP candidate for member of parliament in snap elections to be held on June 24.

He was detained in February for releasing a press statement about Kamber Morkoç, a 70-year-old villager killed by gunfire aimed by soldiers at the minibus in which he was travelling.

Ata was also detained in February following a speech at the funeral of Morkoç.

Ata was previously in prison between October 2016 and May 2017, accused of protesting the detention of co-mayors of the Diyarbakır Municipality Gülten Kışanak and Fırat Anlı.

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