“Turkish state bureaucracy mobilized against HDP”

“Turkish state bureaucracy mobilized against HDP”
Update: 23 September 2022 16:22
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HDP’s Co-Chair of Law and Human Rights Commissions Serhat Eren said judiciary and security officials cooperated for the closure of his party

The Turkish state bureaucracy has mobilized as a whole to support a lawsuit for the closure of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP,) said lawyer Serhat Eren, Co-Chair of HDP’s Law and Human Rights Commissions, reacting to a rejection by Turkey’s Constitutional Court to the recusation request by his party in the closure case. 

The Constitutional Court in June last year accepted an indictment seeking the closure of the HDP for its alleged connections to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) an armed group which has been fighting against Turkey for four decades. 

The first recusation request from HDP against Constitutional Court judge Irfan Fidan, who got involved in 49 separate investigations against HDP during his time as a prosecutor was also rejected earlier. 

Lawyer Eren said the judge subject to their second request, Kenan Yasar, who also made official statements that already looked like a verdict.

Eren said Yasar used the term “evidence” for some documents even before the court accepted them as evidence. That showed his impartiality in the case, he said. 

Yasar was a former candidate for parliament from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) before being elected as a judge for the Constitutional Court. 

He had also made anti-semitic comments on Twitter, saying “Jews are people who can set the world on fire to scramble some eggs”