Turkish Prosecutor Launches Probe Into Former DTP Leader

Former DTP co-leader Ahmet Turk.

ANKARA (Hurriyet)–The chief public prosecutor’s office in Ankara has ordered an inquiry into the former leader of the disbanded Democratic Society Party (DTP) for statements he made regarding convicted Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan’s role in the decision to keep DTP deputies in Parliament.

After a meeting of DTP members, former co-leader Ahmet Turk announced that the remaining deputies would join the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) while also saying that Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, did not want the DTP members to resign.

According to Anatolia news agency, the inquiry cites possible violations of Article 215, which prohibits “praising crime and criminals,” and Article 216 about “public incitement” of hate and hostility.

After the Constitutional Court banned the DTP and 37 of its members on charges of links to the PKK, 19 members were eligible to remain in Parliament. After initially deciding to resign and boycott Parliament, the remaining members decided to join the BDP.

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