Turkey court returns indictment seeking to ban pro-Kurdish party

Turkey court returns indictment seeking to ban pro-Kurdish party

Turkey’s top court has sent an indictment calling for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) to be banned back to the prosecutor citing procedural grounds, Al Jazeera reported citing state media.

The Constitutional Court ruled that the indictment had procedural omissions and returned it to the Court of Cassation, state-owned Anadolu Agency said on Wednesday. The Court of Cassation can re-submit the indictment after completing the necessary details.

A top prosecutor filed the lawsuit earlier this month demanding a ban on the HDP for alleged ties to Kurdish armed groups, as well as a five-year political ban on more than 600 party members.

The move had occurred on the same day that authorities stripped prominent HDP legislator and human rights activist Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu of his parliamentary seat following his conviction on terrorist propaganda charges over a social media posting.

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