Pro-Kurdish politician Gergerlioğlu detained by officer accused of torture

One of the police officers who detained former pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu was accused of torture in a case revealed by Gergerlioğlu, journalist Oktay Yaman said on Saturday.

Turkish police on Friday detained human rights activist Gergerlioğlu from his Ankara home, two weeks after his expulsion from parliament over terror charges linked to a social media post.

The police team, who battered Gergerlioğlu at his home in Ankara while detaining him, also included an officer accused of torture in a case investigated by Gergerlioğlu in 2019, Yaman said on Twitter.

Gergerlioğlu was sent to prison on Saturday, after having an angiography at an Ankara hospital, his son said.

Gergerlioğlu is a leading human rights advocate, who has long advocated for civil servants dismissed following the 2016 coup attempt and more recently strip searches conducted in Turkey’s prisons.

The politician was stripped of his parliamentary seat on March 17, weeks after a court upheld a conviction over spreading terrorist propaganda for the HDP.

Ankara accuses the HDP of harbouring sympathy and acting in the interest of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that has been at war in Turkey for Kurdish self rule for almost

40 years.