HDP parliament member released from prison
A court in Turkey southeastern Kurdish province of Diyarbakir ordered the release of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Kars deputy Ayhan Bilgen on September 8, eight months after he was arrested as a part of a terror investigation.

Lawyers had previously applied to the Diyarbakir 5th High Criminal Court, demanding Bilgen’s release to be tried without arrest as he had faced up to 23 years in prison over three different charges, Hurriyet daily reported.

The court ruled for Bilgen’s release after reviewing the application during the monthly review of his arrest on Sept. 8.

The indictment seeks jail terms ranging from 8.5 years to 23 years for Bilgen on charges of “being a member of armed terror organization,” “objection to the law on meetings and demonstrations,” and “inciting to commit crime.”

As the party’s former spokesperson and the head of its parliamentary group, Bilgen was detained early on Jan. 29 in the Esenboga Airport in Ankara and taken to Diyarbakir.

He was referred to court, with the prosecutor demanding his arrest for “being a member of an armed terrorist organization,” but was released on condition of judicial control that included an overseas travel ban.

Bilgen, however, was detained in Diyarbakir again on Jan. 30 before being formally arrested and transferred to Istanbul’s Silivri prison on Jan. 31.

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 16942  |  Date: 2017/09/10  |  Time: 11 : 24

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