Lawyers for HDP lawyers cry conspiracy over rearrest order for Yuksekdag and Demirtas

Lawyers for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) former co-chair Figen Yuksekdag say the recent order for her rearrest and that of Selahattin Demirtas is part of a new conspiracy period against the two leaders.

The rearrest of Demirtas and Yuksekdag who have been in prison since November 2016 were on Friday ordered by an Ankara court as part of a new investigation against the two politicians.

According to a report by the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya News Agency (MA) on Sunday, lawyers representing Yuksekdag argued in a written statement that Friday’s decision was politically-motivated.

Indicating that the court ruling was given hurriedly, the lawyers added that the decision not only averted the release of Demirtas, who was expected to be released but also served as a precaution against Yuksekdag’s possible release during the hearing on September 27.

Along with several other terror-related charges, Demirtas faces a sentence of 142 years in prison in the main case against him.

Prior to his rearrest, an Ankara court had ruled for his release pending trial and his lawyers on Friday had sought his release on parole as the 46-year-old was serving a sentence of four years and eight months for making propaganda for an armed terrorist organization.

The lawyers also underlined on Sunday that they will not give up on demanding freedom for Demirtas and Yuksekdag.

“We will continue demanding freedom for the former co-chairs of HDP in the courtroom during the hearing that is set to be held on September 27, despite the new conspiracy period that was launched against them on September 20,” the lawyers said.

The lawyers implied that members of the Turkish judiciary make politically-motivated decisions under the influence of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, which blames HDP for having links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Turkey has designated the PKK, an armed militant group that has fought for Kurdish self-rule since the 1980s as a terrorist organization.

Following the collapse of a settlement process between the Turkish government and the outlawed PKK in 2015, the ruling AKP accused the pro-Kurdish HDP of acting in the interests of the PKK and intensified its crackdown on its members and supporters.

Three mayors from the party, who were democratically elected in the southeastern Diyarbakir, Mardin and Van provinces in the March local election were dismissed from their offices over their alleged links to the PKK in late August.

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