May 20 2019

Proposal to lift immunity of opposition lawmakers submitted to Turkish Parliament

The Turkish presidential office's criminal complaints against opposition leaders and lawmakers seeking to lift their legal immunities were submitted to Turkish parliament, state-run Anadolu Agency said on Monday.

The presidential office presented a summary of proceedings against the main opposition secularist Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chairs Pervin Buldan and Sezai Temelli alongside 23 other lawmakers to the Turkish Parliamentary Speaker's Office, Anadolu said.

It was not immediately clear what the accusations against the lawmakers were.

In order to lift the immunity of a deputy, a prosecutor conducting an investigation into a deputy needs to submit a summary of proceedings of the said deputy to parliament.
Parliament will then vote on whether to abolish the immunity, enabling the continuation of the investigation and opening of legal proceedings.

In Turkey's history, there have been 40 deputies whose legislative immunity has been suspended and were subsequently prosecuted.

Dozens of high-profile HDP politicians, including the party's former co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, as well as former CHP deputy Enis Berberoğlu, have faced prison sentences after they were stripped of their immunity from prosecution.

https://www.aa.com.tr/tr/politika/meclise-yeni-dokunulmazlik-dosyalari-sevk-edildi/1482452

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