Turkey indicts Kurdish political leaders

Turkish prosecutors have indicted leading figures in the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP). They stand accused of spreading "terrorist group propaganda" as deadly violence in the Kurdish southeast continues.


Prosecutors in Istanbul indicted HDP co-leader Selahattin Demirtas and filmmaker and Istanbul MP Sirri Sureyya Onder on Friday, for crimes that carry up to five-year prison terms.

The indictments come a day after a police raid on an HDP branch office that authorities said targeted sympathizers of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The indictment specifically accuses Demirtas and Onder of praising the PKK's imprisoned leader Abdullah Ocalan in speeches they made in 2013. The addresses were made when a peace process between the PKK's leader and Turkey was underway.
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