The top court’s freezing HDP’s accounts was a bad piece of a theatre: Spox
Turkey’s Constitutional Court’s decision to freeze HDP’s treasury aid accounts is nothing but a bad piece of a theater which was performed to put the party under a disadvantaged position ahead of the elections, said HDP spokesperson Ebru Gunay.
The Court that had previously rejected such request as unlawful, this time could not withstand political pressure and accepted it without justification, Gunay said in a press briefing in capital Ankara on Thursday, Mezopotamya news agency reported.
“No blocking to date has diminished our political tradition. On the contrary, it grew like an avalanche,” Gunay said.
“Do you think that the HDP is just a building, do you think that the HDP's politics are limited to the parliament? We are a people's movement, we exist and will exist with the power of the people, no one should forget this. You cannot stop this people and their demand for peace by locking the HDP's door,” Gunay said.
Last week, the Constitutional Court (AYM) has ruled to temporarily block HDP’s Treasury funding accounts as part of a closure case for alleged terror links, which will mean a major blow to the pro-Kurdish party ahead of this year’s parliamentary and presidential elections. After HDP's defense that is expected to be presented in a month, the Court will decide whether the accounts should be permanently blocked or unblocked. The party was set to receive 539 million lira ($29 million) for 2023, 179 million lira ($9.6 million) of which was to be received on Jan 10.
The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is Turkish parliament’s third largest party with 56 deputies.
Everyone knows well that the closure case against the HDP is not a legal, but a political issue and the accounts of the party were blocked by a decision made in the presidential palace, Gunay said.
“It is simply naive to believe that the petition was written by the prosecutor's office. It was as if you were not reading a text prepared in a legal framework, but the parliamentary group meeting texts of the governing allies,” she said.
Accusing the prosecutor of taking on the role of the “Palace’s clerk”, Gunay said he was “definitely biased”.
“He has been instructed, he has abused his power. He is so deprived of legal knowledge that he does not even deserve his office,” Gunay said, advising the prosecutor to re-register to a law school and learn law again.