Nurettin Demirtaş, the newly elected leader of the Democratic Society Party (DTP), is continuing "diplomatic contacts" in Europe, and it is not clear when he will return to Turkey, said a statement released by DTP headquarters on Thursday.
Demirtaş will stay at some length in Europe to continue his "diplomatic contacts," and an exact date for his return has not been announced, said the statement.
Demirtaş departed for Europe 10 days ago after allegations surfaced that he forged official documents to evade compulsory military service, saying he would stay in Belgium for three days for diplomatic contacts.
The Ankara Chief Prosecutor's Office charged Demirtaş earlier in November with draft dodging via forged documents to evade compulsory military service, along with more than 180 people. According to the charges, Demirtaş filed a false report claiming he had been diagnosed at a military hospital in the capital with tuberculosis without ever having actually gone to the hospital. Demirtaş denied the allegations, saying that he was examined by the Çankaya Military Hospital in November 2006, where he was diagnosed with tuberculosis.
Former DTP leader Ahmet Türk stated that he was not informed about Demirtaş's whereabouts and added, "I have not had contact with Demirtaş since he departed for Europe some 10 days ago." Faik Yağızay, a DTP representative in Brussels, noted that he accompanied Demirtaş during the first days of his trip to Europe. "I don't know where he is at the moment. We would have flown to Sofia together, but because he had a visa problem, he had to stay in Germany. I have not heard from him since then," he said.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Kasım 2007, 19:05