Stuttgart: Prison sentence sought against Kurdish politician
In the Stuttgart trial against the Kurdish politician Salih K., the public prosecutor's office demands a prison sentence of three years and six months. The verdict of the Stuttgart Higher Regional Court will be announced on January 15.
In the 129b trial against Kurdish politician Salih K., the public prosecutor's office demanded a prison sentence of three years and six months. The Kurdish man is accused of having been responsible for the Freiburg area as cadre of a "terrorist organization abroad". He is accused of numerous protest actions, for the organization of which he is alleged to have been responsible.
His defense counsel, lawyer Anna Busl, had previously requested his release from prison due to the defendant's health problems. In his final plea, Salih K. explained that as a political activist he could not close his eyes to the fascist policies of the Turkish state. "I worked for more than ten years in Turkey in a leading position for the trade union confederation KESK. Later I managed the Ankara branch of the Human Rights Association IHD for a while. Until today I am an active politician. I am 63 years old and at no time in my life have I pursued my political goals by force. In Kurdistan people are burned in cellars, children are murdered. I cannot close my eyes to this. For years I have fought for peace and democracy in the country and from here. My problem is the fascist and despotic ideas that try to put a stop to our thinking. Because there was no longer any possibility of actively pursuing politics in Turkey, I came here to Germany. I believe in justice and I expect a just verdict from this court," said Salih K.
The verdict against the Kurdish politician will be pronounced on 15 January 2020 at 9.00 a.m. at the Stuttgart Higher Regional Court.