Top court supporting terror with ruling for pro-Kurdish MP’s release - Erdoğan ally

The leader of Turkey’s far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahçeli on Friday accused the country's Constitutional Court of supporting terror for ordering the release from prison of pro-Kurdish lawmaker Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu.

The court’s decision on the “rights violation ruling regarding HDP’s Gergerlioğlu does not represent respect the rights of the people, but is in implicit support of terrorism,’’ the junior coalition partner of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Twitter on Friday. 

“Separatists have no rights, terrorists have no rights,’’ the MHP leader added.

Gergerglioğlu was released from prison on July 6, days after the Constitutional Court ruled that the former HDP lawmaker and human rights activist’s rights to run in elections and engage in politics as well as his right to free expression were violated.

The politician was arrested on April 2 and sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison on charges of “making propaganda for a terrorist organization” after he was stripped of his parliamentary status on March 17, weeks after a Turkish court upheld a conviction over spreading terrorist propaganda.

The charges against Gergerlioğlu were based on a newspaper article the former deputy posted on his social media account that included a statement by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that has been at war in Turkey for Kurdish autonomy for almost 40 years.

Bahçeli’s remarks coincide with Gergerlioğlu regaining his status as member of Turkish parliament on Friday.

The MHP leader on Friday also reiterated a call for the closure of Turkey’s top court, saying such a move was “the only desire and expectation’’ of the Turkish nation.

Bahçeli on Friday also vowed to hold accountable those responsible for Gergerglioğlu’s release, specifically mentioning the head of the Constitutional Court.

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