Custody period extended for MEBYA-DER executives arrested

The custody period of 11 of those detained in the police raids targeting MEBYA-DER, the Association of Solidarity for families who have lost relatives in the Kurdish liberation struggle was extended for another 4 days.

Turkish police detained 14 people following raids in Amed on 27 February. Among them, the director of MEBYA-DER, Meryem Soylu, 79 years old, and Hatun Aslan, 71 years old, were sent to prison by the court on the allegation of "membership of an illegal organization". Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Bağlar District executive Fetullah Işık was released under judicial control.

After the remaining 11 people were taken to court, their detention period was extended for another 4 days. The people are: MEBYA-DER Co-Chairs Şeyhmus Karadağ and Yüksel Almas, members and directors Zeki Dağ and Ayşe Çelikbilek and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Diyarbakır Provincial Director Hatice Güneş, DBP Bağlar District executive Tahir Gül, HDP Kayapınar District co-chair Hanım Altındağ, HDP Sur District Former executive Murat Üzgün, HDP Amed Provincial executive Hafiz Işık, MEYA-DER executive Muzaffer Ulaş.

16 more people taken into custody, dogs used in raids

As part of the same investigation, 16 more people, including MEBYA-DER members and executives, were detained in a second operation this Wednesday.

The house of MEBYA-DER executive Beşir Doğan in the rural neighbourhood of Bağlar district of Doluçanak was raided by gendarmes who came with 10 armoured vehicles in the morning. The gendarmes entered the house with dogs, searched it for two hours, insulted residents, and used the dogs as a mean of threat.