Turkey, Politics

Turkish opposition MP ousted from parliament over terrorism

HDP lawmaker Aysel Aydogan was convicted in January of crimes linked to PKK terrorist group

09.05.2017
Turkish opposition MP ousted from parliament over terrorism

By Ismail Cimen and Huseyin Gazi Kayki

ANKARA

A deputy of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) was dismissed from the parliament over terrorism conviction, the parliament announced Tuesday.

Nursel Aydogan was sentenced in January to four years and eight months in prison by Diyarbakir's 2nd High Criminal Court in southeast Turkey for crimes linked to the PKK terrorist organization.

Aydogan had stood trial on charges of conducting activities on behalf of a terror group without being a member.

After Aydogan's dismissal, the number of HDP seats in parliament dropped to 57.

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