Expelled pro-Kurdish MP given 10 days to turn himself in over terror sentence

A Turkish prosecutor’s office has issued a subpoena for dismissed pro-Kurdish party lawmaker Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu to turn himself in for a jail sentence over terror charges, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Monday.

The former Peoples’ Democratic Party lawmaker has 10 days to report to a chief public prosecutor's office to serve an approved jail sentence over spreading terrorism propaganda, it said.

Last month, Turkey’s top appeals court approved a two year and six month jail sentence against the HDP lawmaker on terrorism charges, in a move that prompted him to be stripped from his parliamentary membership.

Gergerlioğlu was convicted on charges of “conducting terrorist propaganda” for retweeting a news story about the Kurdish conflict and the collapse of the peace process with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that has been at war in Turkey for almost 40 years. 

The human rights activist’s dismissal from parliament on March 17 arrived the same day as Turkey’s top prosecutor filed a case for the closure of the HDP over terror links.

Ankara accuses the HDP of having links with the PKK, a claim the pro-Kurdish party denies.