Turkish court arrests Diyarbakır co-mayors


A Diyarbakır court arrested Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı, the co-mayors of the southeastern province late on Oct. 30.

Kışanak and Anlı were detained late on Oct. 25 on “terrorism” charges. 

Kışanak is a former member of parliament from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) ranks before her election as mayor in Diyarbakır.

The duo were taken into custody as part of an investigation into their alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Diyarbakır Prosecutor’s Office said in a written statement.

The two are accused of making speeches in support of the PKK, allowing PKK militants use municipal resources, inciting violent protests, and of attending illegal meetings and rallies, the prosecutor’s statement said.

The HDP’s sister Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) former lawmaker Ayla Akat Ata was also arrested.

Main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu criticized on Oct. 27 the detention of the co-mayors, asking why Kışanak and Anlı were not detained previously “if they supported terror.”

“If they supported terrorism, why weren’t the necessary steps taken before? Turkey should have solved this by staying within the boundaries of law,” he said.

“You are entering the municipality with police officers today that you entered with delegations and ceremonies yesterday,” he also said during a Central Executive Board (MYK) of his Republican People’s Party (CHP).


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here