Mar 01 2018

Turkish court sentences MP Öcalan to 30 months for terror propaganda

A Turkish court has sentenced member of parliament Dilek Öcalan, the niece of jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Öcalan, to 30 months in prison for “making propaganda for a terrorist organisation”.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) parliamentarian Dilek Öcalan received the penalty at a hearing alongside fellow parliamentarian Osman Baydemir on Thursday. Baydemir’s sentencing was delayed to a further hearing.

The news comes the day after another HDP parliamentarian, Selma Irmak, had a 10-year sentence against her confirmed by a court of appeal.

Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), has been jailed in Turkey since 1999.