Dec 11 2017

Turkish MP faces terror charge for picture of party leader

A Turkish court has charged a member of parliament from a pro-Kurdish opposition party with “making propaganda for a terrorist organisation” for sharing pictures of her jailed party leader on social media, the secularist Cumhuriyet newspaper said.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Meral Danış Beştaş has been charged for sharing the images of co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş and other arrested party parliamentarians on Twitter and other social media, and also for comments she made in a speech made in November 2016.

The indictment said the sharing of the pictures was carried out with the intention of “showing terror, compulsion and violence as legitimate” and supporting the Kurdish separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which Turkey, the European Union and United States list as a terrorist organisation.

Hundreds of people have died in the ongoing conflict between Turkey and the PKK since peace talks broke down in June 2015.