Turkey: case against dismissal of Kurdish MP rejected

Constitutional Court against the request over jurisdiction

31 March, 12:20

    ISTANBUL - The Turkish Constitutional Court has unanimously rejected over a defect of jurisdiction an appeal against the dismissal as lawmaker of Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, a member of the pro-Kurdish Hdp.
    According to the court's judges, article 84 of the Turkish Constitution which regulates the loss of status as MP, does not provide for its jurisdiction on the matter. The former lawmaker was recently declared dismissed by the Grand national assembly, after he was sentenced to two and a half years in jail for "terrorist propaganda in favor of Pkk/Kck".
    Also on Wednesday the Constitutional Court will decide in a preliminary way on a request to shut down Hdp, the third largest party in Parliament, also over ties to the Pkk. The judges will establish whether to accept the dossier and open a case or whether to send it to the general prosecutor's office of the supreme court.

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