Prison sentence against deposed co-mayor of Amed confirmed

The prison sentence of almost nine and a half years against the deposed co-mayor of Amed, Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı, has been confirmed.

Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı, co-mayor of Amed (Diyarbakir), was deposed on 19 August 2019 by order of the Turkish Ministry of the Interior. A trustee was appointed in his place. The mayor, who had worked as a doctor until his election in March 2019, was arrested in October as a "member of a terrorist organization" on the basis of the statements of witness Hicran Berna Ayverdi. Mızraklı was sentenced on 9 March to nine years, four months and 15 days in prison. The sentence was confirmed in the appeal proceedings on Wednesday.

The key witness Ayverdi had surrendered to the security forces during the resistance of Nusaybin and defected to the Turkish state. She was able to benefit from the law of repentance and has since been released. Meanwhile Mızraklı remains in custody. The team of lawyers for Mızraklı now wants to appeal to the Supreme Court.