Court arrests 3 for attacking funeral of former MP's mother

DAILY SABAH
ANKARA
Published 20.09.2017 00:00
Updated 20.09.2017 00:49
Court arrests 3 for attacking funeral of former MP's mother

An Ankara court Tuesday ordered the arrest of three suspects for attacking last week the funeral of Hatun Tuğluk, the mother of jailed Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Deputy Chair Aysel Tuğluk. Tuğluk attended the funeral last Wednesday after getting special permission from prison authorities. The funeral began with a prayer at the cemevi, an Alevi house of worship, located in Batıkent, Ankara, before her casket was taken to the Gölbaşı İncek Cemetery for burial.

The Ankara court also released another four suspects pending their trial.

A group of about a dozen people confronted the procession, objecting to Hatun Tuğluk's burial at the cemetery. As Tuğluk's family and friends tried to proceed with the burial, a larger group arrived with cars and trucks and attacked those in attendance. They were believed to be objecting to the burial of Tuğluk in the cemetery.

Police officers immediately pushed back the attackers, who continued to swear and threaten the Tuğluk family. Aysel Tuğluk is the former lawyer of the jailed leader of the PKK terrorist organization, Abdullah Öcalan.

The body of Hatun Tuğluk was buried at the cemetery of the village of Akbuluk 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Tunceli city center. Her daughter Aysel did not attend the funeral in Tunceli.

Aysel Tuğluk is under arrest pending trial for being a leader of a terrorist group and faces a sentence of 15 to 22.5 years. She was elected deputy from the pro-PKK Democratic Society Party (DTP) in Diyarbakır in 2007, but lost her parliamentary immunity in 2009 as the DTP was closed by the Constitutional Court. She was reelected as an independent deputy from a list backed by DTP's successor Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) in 2011 in Van, and her term ended with the elections in June 2015.

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