Court sentences HDP Sur co-chair Yıldız to 6 years and 3 months in prison
HDP Sur District co-chair Hatun Yıldız was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison in Amed.
Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Sur District co-chair Hatun Yıldız was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison in the hearing of her trial at Diyarbakır 8th High Criminal Court.
The sentence was read out at the hearing. Yıldız was sentenced on the grounds of "being a member of an illegal organization" and "making propaganda for an illegal organization". Accusations were based on recording, condolences and press statements she attended, statements of secret and open witnesses.
While Yıldız did not attend the hearing, her lawyer Yusuf Çakas was present.
Lawyer Yusuf Çakas pointed out that the anonymous witness was not reliable and that the witness statements were contradictory. Noting that her client works and is a politician, Çakas reminded that she is the HDP Sur district co-chair. “It is said that my client attended 300 funerals, but only 10 of them were included in the file. This actions should be evaluated as political activities,” said the lawyer demanding her client’s acquittal.
After a short break, the court board decided to acquit Yıldız for the charge of "making propaganda for a terrorist organization" and to sentence her to 6 years and 3 months in prison for "being a member of a terrorist organization".