A parliamentary deputy from the pro-PKK Peoples' Democratic Party (HPD) was arrested yesterday in the scope of two separate investigations, one regarding counterterrorism.
HDP Şanlıurfa Deputy İbrahim Ayhan was detained at Şanlıurfa GAP Airport by a squad from the Şanlıurfa Police Department's counterterrorism branch after the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office obtained a warrant for his arrest
Sources informed that Ayhan's statement will be taken by the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.
Officials obtained an arrest warrant for the HDP deputy amid accusations that he made propaganda for a terrorist organization and for alleged irregularities found in bookkeeping entries made during his tenure as the provincial head of the Democratic Regions' Party in 2009.
The HDP has come under fire for its close links to the PKK terrorist organization. Members of the party have so far refrained from calling the PKK a "terrorist group" and have attended the funerals of PKK militants, two of whom were identified as the suicide bombers that killed dozens of civilians in multiple bombings in Ankara. The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S., the EU and Turkey. Formed in 1978, the organization is fighting against the Turkish state for an independent Kurdistan and since the 2000s the group has since shifted its goal towards gaining autonomy in the predominately Kurdish regions of Turkey.
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