The outcome of the closure case of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) will be determined by the judiciary, not politics, Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) Deputy Chairperson Mahir Ünal said Sunday.
"Will the HDP be closed or not? The answer will be given by the judiciary, not politics," he said during an interview with public broadcaster TRT Haber.
Ünal stated that an effort is persistently being made to portray the closure case as one based on politics.
"There is no tolerance anywhere in the world for any political movement that is clearly related to terrorist and terrorist organizations. You know that the most important feature of this is the approval of the European Court of Human Rights," he added.
Bekir Şahin, the chief public prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals, stated in the lawsuit that HDP is an undemocratic party, colludes with the terrorist group PKK and aims to destroy the unity of the people and the state.
Şahin filed the indictment at the Constitutional Court, and it was sent to the Supreme Court, also called the Court of Cassation.
The indictment accuses HDP leaders and members of acting in a way that flouts the democratic and universal rules of law, colluding with PKK terrorists and affiliated groups and aiming to destroy and eliminate the indivisible integrity of the state with its country and nation.
The move follows growing calls by Turkish political leaders for the HDP to be officially closed down. In recent years, more and more HDP executives and elected officials have been charged with terrorism-related offenses.
The Turkish Parliament revoked the seat of HDP deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu on Tuesday over terrorism charges.
Following the loss of Gergerlioğlu's seat, the HDP now holds 55 seats in Parliament, while the ruling AK Party has 289, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) 136, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) 48 and the Good Party (IP) 36.
In Turkey, the closure of political parties is decided by the Constitutional Court, based on an indictment filed by the Supreme Court Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.
Instead of permanent dissolution, the 15-member Constitutional Court may instead decide to partially or completely cut off state aid to the party, depending on the severity of the acts in question.
Turkish leaders have long argued that the HDP is little more than a front group for the PKK terrorist group.
In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women and children.