Aggravated life imprisonment sought for former HDP MPs

An indictment was prepared against 5 former HDP MPs within the scope of Kobanê protests and aggravated life imprisonment was demanded.

Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office prepared an indictment against Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) MPs Hüda Kaya, Serpil Kemalbay, Fatma Kurtulan, Garo Paylan and Pero Dündar, against whom an investigation was conducted by Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office within the scope of the Kobanê protests on 6-8 October 2014.

The 298-page indictment against the politicians with the demand of 38 times aggravated life imprisonment each for 29 different offences was sent to Ankara 22nd High Criminal Court.

The indictment came after heavy prison sentences handed to HDP politicians in the “Kobanê Trial”. The verdict was announced on May 16 in the Kobanê Conspiracy Case, which was opened 7 years after the protests against ISIS attacks on Kobanê on 6-8 October 2014 and continued for 4 years. The Ankara 22nd High Criminal Court ruled for the release of 5 people and acquitted 15 people in the case where 108 people, 18 of whom are imprisoned, are on trial. While 13 of them are to remain in prison, former HDP Co-Chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ were sentenced to 42 and 30 years and 4 months in prison respectively. The court did not find 36 defendants, including Demirtaş, responsible for the loss of life during the protests in various cities and acquitted them.