Neo-nationalist party applies for closure case against HDP
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJan 18, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jan 18, 2016 12:00 am
Neo-nationalist Patriotic Party (Vatan Partisi) applied to the General Public Prosecutor's Office of the Supreme Court of Appeals for a closure case to be opened against the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) due to its actions violating the Constitution and supporting the PKK terror organization.
The party's Vice Chairman Mehmet Turgut Okyay stated that the HDP's closure has become 'a must' to act in accord with the Constitution and keep the country united.
Okyay said that the HDP acts upon the directives and orders of the PKK. "This has been proven through [HDP's] regulations, programs and actions. Finally, the HDP Chairman Selahattin Demirtaş confessed to it by saying 'This resistance will end with victory, everyone will respect the people's will. Kurds will now become a political power in their own geography. Perhaps Kurds will also have an independent state, federal state, cantons and autonomous regions'" Okyay said.
The HDP continuing its activities will cause 'incurable wounds' for Turks and Kurds, Okyay claimed, and stated that the General Public Prosecutor's Office should collect all evidences in that regard and file a closure suit to Turkey's Constitutional Court.
Although President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and government officials pursue a tough stance against the PKK terror organization and its supporters, in the recent months they have repeatedly stated that those who commit the crime should be persecuted instead of the institutions themselves. Erdoğan and the Justice and Development (AK) Party officials, whom have faced with party closures and closure suits many times in their political past with the latest one being against the AK Party in 2008, publicly acknowledged that they are against party closures.
Okyay, who was the judge that tried PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan and ruled for death sentence, was a former member of the Supreme Court of Appeals.