Ex-mayor Sentenced on Terrorism Charges in Turkey

A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a former mayor to nine years in prison for being a member of an armed terror organization.


A Turkish former Mayor has been sentenced to prison for being a member of an armed terror organization.

A court on Monday sentenced Rojda Nazlier of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party – HDP, to nine years in prison.

Nazlier had earlier been dismissed from mayorship of the Kocakoy district of the eastern Diyarbakir province after a probe was opened into her affiliation to the PKK terrorist organization.

The former Mayor did not attend the trial held at the Diyarbakir 11th High Criminal Court and was represented by her lawyers.

She was arrested on Oct. 11 after a warrant was issued against her.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.

The HDP is accused of having links to the terrorist YPG/PKK by the Turkish government.

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