Turkey: Convicted former opposition deputy sent to jail
Criminal proceeding launched against Peoples’ Democratic Party deputy who hid former lawmaker Leyla Guven in her house
A former lawmaker from the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), who was sentenced to 22 years and three months in jail on Monday, has been sent to prison on Tuesday, a judicial source said.
The Heavy Penal Court no: 9 in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province had handed Leyla Guven the prison term for being a member of the PKK terror group and disseminating propaganda. The court also issued an arrest warrant for her.
After searching for her at possible addresses, police teams arrested Guven at HDP deputy Semra Guzel’s home.
Judicial authorities also launched a criminal proceeding against Guzel on charges of “protecting a criminal.”
On June 4, the Turkish parliament revoked Guven’s legislative immunity after which she was sentenced to six years and three months by a provincial court for being a member of an armed terrorist organization.
On June 9, however, a Turkish court ruled in favor of releasing Guven from prison on probation.
The HDP is accused by the Turkish government of having links to the YPG/PKK terror group.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is its Syrian offshoot.
* Writing by Ahmet Gencturk
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