Top Turkish court rules former HDP co-chair’s abolition of immunity was violation of her right to be elected
A Turkish MP suffered a violation of her right to stand for election, Turkey’s Constitutional Court (AYM) decided on Friday.
AYM ruled that stripping Figen Yuksekoglu, the former Co-Chair of the HDP (Peoples' Democratic Party) from her parliamentary immunity in a case she was tried after being elected as a deputy was a violation of her right to be elected, Mezopotamya Agency reported.
“We will intensify our struggle for justice so that Yuksekdag and all our elected officials regain their seized rights and freedoms” said People’s Democratic Party (HDP) on its Twitter account.
AYM, önceki dönem Eş Genel Başkanımız Figen Yüksekdağ’ın dokunulmazlığının kaldırılarak vekilliğinin düşürülmesini “seçilme hakkı ihlali” olarak değerlendirdi. Yüksekdağ ve tüm seçilmişlerimizin gasp edilen hak ve özgürlüklerine kavuşması için adalet mücadelemizi yükselteceğiz. pic.twitter.com/3cz271GZaa— HDP (@HDPgenelmerkezi) July 16, 2022
Figen Yuksekdag stood trial charged with “terorizm propaganda” on the grounds that she attended the commemoration of a member of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP) before she was elected to the parliament, and that trial could not be a reason to abolish her immunity and to take her away from her political activities, AYM stated.
AYM decided to pay Yuksekdag 30 thousand TL for non-pecuniary damage due to the violations.