Three mayors from the pro-PKK Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), who were suspended from their duties due to their terrorist links, were arrested yesterday.
Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı, Kayapınar Municipality Mayor Kezban Yılmaz and Bismil Municipality Mayor Orhan Ayaz were arrested following an investigation with charges of “being a member of a terrorist group” and “spreading propaganda for a terrorist group.”
The HDP mayors of Diyarbakır, Van and Mardin metropolitan municipalities were suspended two months ago by the Interior Ministry over terrorism charges.
According to an official statement by the ministry, the mayors of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van provinces, Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı, Ahmet Türk and Bedia Özgökçe Ertan, respectively, have been suspended for supporting terrorism. The state-appointed governors of the provinces have temporarily replaced the suspended mayors as trustees.
The statement added that the mayors already had active cases against them in which they were accused of crimes such as establishing or spreading propaganda for a terrorist group or being a member of a terrorist group.
The HDP has many times drawn fire for transferring taxpayer money and funds to the PKK, a globally recognized terrorist group. HDP mayors and local officials have been found to misuse funds in support of the PKK terrorist group and provide jobs to PKK sympathizers.
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