Turkish opposition leader sentenced for promoting PKK

[JURIST] The co-chairman of Turkey’s Peace and Democracy Party, Kurdish rights advocate Selahattin Demirtash was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence on Tuesday for allegedly promoting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). A Turkish court ruled that Demirtash promoted the PKK during his tenure as a branch head of the non-profit organization Human Rights Association by publishing a press release drawing attention to the case of imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan. The prosecution also noted that Demirtash made similar statements regarding Oclan on Roj TV, a satellite TV channel broadcasting in Kurdish. Demirtash can appeal this decision. The PKK has been labeled a terrorist organization by Turkey’s government and the US State Department.

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