Imprisoned Kurdish Deputy: “Justice in Turkey acting as a militant of AKP”
The judiciary in Turkey with its political rulings have strengthened the “single handed ideology,” imprisoned Kurdish politician Sebahat Tuncel said, adding that this mentality also became apparent with the conviction of Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu.
“We have mentioned before that the judiciary has become politicized. Your judgments are political. The atmosphere in Turkey matures the one-man regime. The judiciary is reinforcing this one-man regime with its decision,” Tuncel said, during a hearing she spoke online from a prison where she has been serving a total of 15 years of jail sentence in Ankara.
Tuncel said that when it comes to the Kurds, these unlawful actions increase even more.
“Kurds face a treatment as if they were stripped of their citizenship. The rulings are the proof for that. Constitutional rights are considered a crime when Kurds use them, but they are considered rights when the AKP uses them. Most of the judiciary is acting as if they are the militants of the AKP,” Tuncel said.
“Here in this trial also, there is nothing that constitutes a crime. They're just looking for a cover to punish us. The law is being murdered in Turkey.”
Sebahat Tuncel was elected the co-chair of the HDP (People’s Democratic Party) in 2013 and in 2016 she was elected co-chair of the Democratic Regions Party (DBP).
In 2016, she was imprisoned for terror related charges.