HDP deputy says met with senior PKK leaders at the request of AK Party government
Ertuğrul Kürkçü, who is among deputies from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) who face with removal of their immunity from prosecution over their alleged links to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has said HDP deputies held talks with senior PKK leaders at the request and the consent of the government.
Turkey’s Justice Ministry last week submitted to the Prime Ministry a request for Parliament to remove the immunity from prosecution of the leaders of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).
The summary of proceedings submitted to the Prime Ministry targets HDP Co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ as well as deputies Selma Irmak, Sırrı Süreyya Önder and Ertuğrul Kürkçü.
“We [HDP deputies] used to go to Kandil [mountains where the PKK has bases] until two years ago at the request and the consent of the government to convey the government’s messages,” Kürkçü said in an interview with the Özgür Düşünce daily on Saturday.
The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) launched what it called a “settlement process” with the PKK to resolve the Kurdish problem in late 2012. The process came to an end in July 2015 with the revival of clashes between the PKK and Turkey’s security forces in the predominantly Kurdish southeastern region.
Source: Turkey’s Observer