Turkish parliament lifts immunity of lawmaker accused of rape

Turkey's parliament lifted the immunity of prosecution of an independent lawmaker accused of rape, T24 news site reported on Wednesday.

Tüma Çelik, an independent lawmaker from Turkey’s southeastern Mardin province, stands accused of raping a woman earlier this year.

The victim maintains Çelik raped her after the pair went out on a date and says the lawmaker cited his immunity when she threatened to report the incident to authorities.

Formerly a member of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Çelik was dismissed from the party over the claim on July 20.

Before the end of the legal year in August, Turkish parliament moved to lift the diplomatic immunity of Çelik.