Turkish Justice Ministry Calls For Lifting Immunity of Pro-Kurdish MPs

ssTurkey’s justice ministry has submitted a request for parliament to lift the immunity from prosecution of the leaders of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

President Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly called for MPs from the party to face prosecution, accusing them of being an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant. Those targeted by the request as HDP co-leaders Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ and party deputies Selma Irmak, Sırrı Süreyya Önder and Ertugrul Kürkçü.

The request was submitted to the prime minister’s office, it said. Turkish MPs have immunity from prosecution.

The opposition nationalist MHP asked parliament on Thursday to discuss requests to lift the immunity of MPs as part of the fight against terrorism.

Demirtas alone is the subject some 60 dossiers in parliament calling for the lifting of his immunity, including some related to his calls for street protests, but as yet there have been no moves in the assembly to open the way for his prosecution.