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Turkey: Kurdish lawmaker convicted for propaganda

Turkey: Kurdish lawmaker convicted for propaganda

A Turkish court has convicted a Kurdish lawmaker of spreading rebel propaganda, and sentenced her to 18 months in prison.
Aysel Tugluk is a member of parliament, however, and so will not have to serve the time until she is out of office, or parliament votes to lift her immunity.
The 44-year-old lawyer says she is innocent and will appeal Tuesday's conviction for a 2006 speech she made praising a petition by hundreds of Kurds declaring imprisoned rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan their leader.
The case was one of several against Tugluk and other members of her Democratic Society Party, which is accused of having links to Ocalan's outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party, or PKK.
The PKK is considered a terrorist group by the U.S. and EU.


Updated : 2021-03-04 04:48 GMT+08:00