Newly elected HDP MP to apply for prison release

Leyla Güven, a Kurdish activist and politician detained in Turkey since January, will make a formal application to be released from detention after winning a seat in parliament in the Jun. 24 elections.

Güven, the co-leader of the Democratic Society Congress, an NGO promoting Kurdish self-governance, was among dozens detained in January shortly after Turkey launched Olive Branch, a military operation against Syrian Kurdish forces in northwest Syria.

Güven was charged with “establishing and administering an (illegal) organisation” in late January, and like many with links to the Kurdish political movement has been held in pre-trial detention since then.

The politician ran in the June elections for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), winning a seat in Hakkari, a predominantly Kurdish province in Turkey’s southeast.

Among other ranking members of the party, the HDP's former co-chair and presidential candidate on Jun. 24 Selahattin Demirtaş is currently held in detention pending trial in a prison in the northwest province of Edirne, from which he carried out his electoral campaign.

The newly elected deputy will apply to be released once she has received her certificate of election, secularist news site Diken reported on Monday.