Turkish Pro-Kurdish MP Sentenced to Jail Over Alleged PKK Links

llllA court in Turkey has sentenced a lawmaker from the country’s left-wing and pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) to more than six years in prison over alleged affiliation to the “terrorist” Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

On Friday, the 2nd High Penal Court in Turkey’s eastern province of Van handed down a six-year-and-three-month jail term to Lezgin Botan.

Jail terms with similar lengths were also given to former HDP legislator Selami Özyasar and two members from a teachers’ union.

They were convicted of being members of the Group of Communities (KCK), which is said to be linked to the PKK.

Meanwhile, four HDP lawmakers have gone on hunger strike in a show of protest against a curfew imposed in the southeastern city of Nusaybin.
Turkish security officials placed Nusaybin under curfew on November 13, and military operations continue against PKK fighters in the area.