142 year prison sentence request for HDP leader Demirtas

Turkish prosecutors prepare an indictment requesting a 142-year prison sentence for the PKK-affiliated HDP leader Selahattin Demirtaş

142 year prison sentence request for HDP leader Demirtas

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish prosecutors are seeking extended prison terms for the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ.

Prosecutors prepared an indictment requesting that Demirtaş serve a sentence of 142 years, and Yüksekdağ serve a sentence of 83 years in prison.

Demirtaş and Yüksekdağ are being prosecuted under anti-terror legistaltion for disrupting the unity and territorial integrity of the state and spreading terror propaganda, according to judicial sources.

The government has said that the HDP has links to the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK), which is a designated terror organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.

The PKK has been conducting armed violence in the southeastern part of Turkey since 1984. More than 40,000 people, mostly civilians, were killed in the three-decade conflict.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Ocak 2017, 16:47