Ex-party leader faces suit for speaking Kurdish at Turkish parliament

A Turkish prosecutor's office filed on Tuesday a lawsuit against a former MP of the outlawed DTP on charges of speaking Kurdish at parliament.

Ex-party leader faces suit for speaking Kurdish at Turkish parliament

A Turkish prosecutor's office filed on Tuesday a lawsuit against a former MP of the outlawed Democratic Society Party (DTP) on charges of speaking Kurdish at parliament.

The Public Prosecutor's Office in Ankara sued former DTP MP Ahmet Turk on charges of speaking Kurdish at a parliament gathering of the outlawed party and on charges of acting contrary to the Political Parties Act.

Turk started to speak in Turkish, but then continued his speech in Kurdish in a DTP parliament meeting on February 24, 2009.

Article 81 of the Political Parties Act says political parties shall not claim that minorities, based on national or religious cultural or sectarian, racist or linguistic differences, exist in the Republic of Turkey.

The article also says no other language than Turkish shall be used in meetings, conventions, publications, regulations, propaganda of political parties.

The prosecutor's office requests prison terms no shorter than six months for Ahmet Turk if the court finds him guilty.

Turkish Constitutional Court, country's top legal authority, decided on December 11, 2009 to shut down Democratic Society Party, or DTP, on charges it has ties with the PKK.

Founded in 2005, the DTP had 21 seats at the parliament when it was closed. The party won 2009 local elections in nine provinces including Diyarbakir, Batman, Hakkari, Igdir, Siirt, Sirnak, Tunceli, Bingol and Van.


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