Sancar: We will not allow the closure of the HDP
HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar called the proceedings to ban his party a "political campaign”, stating that the indictment was not prepared by the public prosecutor's office, but by the MHP and the presidential palace.
HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar has issued an initial statement on the acceptance of the indictment to ban his party. Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of the executive committee in Ankara, Sancar called it a "political campaign" and accused the Turkish leadership of agitation against his party. "The ban proceedings were opened at the end of a political campaign that lasted for months, he said and remarked the indictment was not prepared by the prosecutor's office, but by the MHP and the presidential palace. "We are defended by our people," he said.
On Monday, Turkey's Constitutional Court has accepted an indictment seeking to ban the HDP. The indictment equates the HDP with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and accuses it of undermining the "indivisible integrity of the Turkish state." The top court convened at 10:00 this morning for the first review of the indictment prepared by the Chief Public Prosecutor of the Court of Cassation, Bekir Şahin to shutter the HDP. In a hurry, the court accepted the HDP indictment, and rejected to seize party’s assets. The indictment had been submitted to the Constitutional Court on June 7.
The driving force behind the ban is the AKP's coalition partner, the far-right MHP with its leader Devlet Bahçeli. It has been aggressively pushing for a ban on the HDP for some time, because this is the only way "to effectively fight the PKK." In the 850-page indictment, the prosecutor appointed by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan calls for a permanent ban on the HDP and a political ban on 451 people.
"The Constitutional Court should have rejected the indictment. By accepting it in an atmosphere of bloody violence and chaos and plans to crush democratic politics, it has missed a historic opportunity for democracy, social peace and freedom," Sancar said. The politician also referred to Thursday's attack on the HDP office in Izmir, western Turkey, in which staff member Deniz Poyraz was killed by an avowed MHP supporter. The government is targeting the party, Sancar said. Erdoğan and Bahçeli repeatedly refer to HDP politicians as "terrorists."
"We will defend the HDP until the last moment, preserve and strengthen it," Sancar said. The politician answered a journalist's question as to whether the HDP had a party dissolution on its agenda, as claimed by the media, in order to avert the lawsuit, by saying, "These are pure speculations, which we reject in this form. We are determined to continue our march to defend and preserve our party. Our goal is to participate in the democratization of this country in the role as part of the government."
The rest of the proceedings
The proceedings to ban the HDP may drag on for several months. In the next step, the indictment must be served on the party. The HDP must submit its preliminary defense within a deadline given by the Constitutional Court or request an extension. After the preliminary defense is sent in, the chief public prosecutor Bekir Şahin will make a statement to the court. This statement will then be sent back to the HDP and an oral hearing will be held.
The decision to ban the HDP depends on a two-thirds majority in the Constitutional Court's 15-member panel. The decision of the Constitutional Court is binding; the European Court of Human Rights cannot stop the proceedings, but it can condemn Turkey on the basis of a violation of the law.
Ban on politics demanded for 451 politicians
In the proceedings, a ban on political activity is demanded for a total of 451 politicians. The persons concerned are as follows: Selahattin Demirtaş, Pervin Buldan, Sezai Temelli, Mithat Sancar, Sebahat Tuncel, Figen Yüksekdağ Şenoğlu, Dersim Dağ, Enise Çoban Güneyli, Leyla Güven, Mahmut Celadet Gaydalı, Mehmet Ruştu Tiryaki, Salihe Aydeniz, Tuğba Hezer Öztürk, Ziya Pir, Mehmet Emin İlhan, Mizgin Irgat, Remziye Tosun, Adil Zozani, Halil Aksoy, Özdal Üçer, Abdullah Zeydan, Burcu Çelik Özkan, Hatice Kocaman (Seviptekin), Leyla Birlik, Gülüstan Kılıç Koçyiğit, Hüseyin Kaçmaz, Remzi Özgökçe, Sait Dede, Zeynel Özen, Hasan Özgüneş, Demir Çelik, Dilek Öcalan, Erdal Aydemir, Ali Atalan, Leyla Zana, Esat Canan, İdris Baluken, Lezgin Botan, Mehmet Ali Aslan, Kemal Aktaş, İmam Taşçıer, Ömer Öcalan, Habip Eksik, Nusrettin Maçin, Ayşe Sürücü, Mensur Işık, Ahmet Yıldırım, Ayla Akat Ata, Berdan Öztürk, Çağlar Demirel, Dilşat Canbaz Kaya, Faysal Sarıyıldız, Hüsamettin Zenderlioğlu, İbrahim Binici, Kıznaz Türkeli, Mahmut Toğrul, Muazzez Orhan Işık, Musa Farisoğulları, Nadir Yıldırım, Necdet İpekyüz, Sıdık Taş, Şevin Coşkun, Adem Geveri, Ahmet Şık, Behçet Yıldırım, Hasip Kaplan, Mehmet Emin Adıyaman, Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, Selma Irmak, Semra Güzel, Yurdusev Özsökmenler, Abdullah Levent Tüzel, Altan Tan, Aysel Tuğluk, Besime Konca, Ertuğrul Kürkçü, Hişyar Özsoy, Murat Sarısaç, Nazmi Gür, Nursel Aydoğan, Pero Dundar, Rıdvan Turan, Saadet Becerekli, Ziya Çalışkan, Nimetullah Erdoğmuş, Nuran İmir, Aycan İrmez, Dirayet Dilan Taşdemir, Osman Baydemir, Feleknas Uca, Musa Piroğlu, Şafak Özanli, Erol Dora, Mülkiye Birtane, Serpil Kemalbay Pekgözegü, Hüda Kaya, Edibe Şahin, Filiz Kerestecioğlu Demir, Ebrü Günay, Fatma Kurtulan, Alican Önlü, Çilem Küçükkeleş, Emine Beyza Üstün, Kemal Bülbül, Murat Çepni, Sibel Yiğitalp, Sırrı Süreyya Önder, Tayip Temel, Ayşe Acar Başaran, Edib Berk, Ferhat Encu, Gülser Yıldırım, Hakkı Saruhan Oluç, Kemal Peköz, Meral Danış Beştaş, Nihat Akdoğan, Seher Akçınar Bayar, Tulay Hatımoğulları Oruç, Abdulmelik Okyay, Arife Köse, Aydın Çetinkaya, Ayfer 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