The Chief Public Prosecutor at the Turkish Court of Cassation has submitted a new indictment against the HDP to the Constitutional Court. At the end of March, a first version of the indictment had been found fault with and returned.

The Chief Public Prosecutor at the Turkish Court of Cassation has submitted a new indictment for a ban against the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) to the Constitutional Court in Ankara. The indictment equates the HDP with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and accuses it of undermining the “indivisible integrity of the Turkish state”.

At the end of March, a first version of the application had been found fault with and returned. The constitutional judges instructed the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office to revise and resubmit the indictment. In doing so, they followed the recommendation of a rapporteur who had previously reviewed the indictment and found formal errors. Among other things, it was criticized that personal data and job titles were incorrectly stated in the indictment and that some of the HDP politicians for whom a ban on politics is demanded have already died. In addition, no sufficient connection had been established between the actual activities of the party organs and the accusations.

In the new indictment for a ban, Chief Public Prosecutor Bekir Şahin is now calling for the political ban to apply not to some 680 members of the HDP, but to just under 500. In addition, all of the party’s accounts are to be frozen. It is expected that the Constitutional Court will decide in the next two weeks whether to initiate ban proceedings against the HDP.

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