NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)
Mira Rojkan – 31/05/2017 – 00:50 – Hurriyet – Turkish Authorities Issue Arrest Warrant for HDP Spokesperson – LEEDS — The Spokesperson of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Osman Baydemir was issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday by Turkish authorities. A Turkish court announced they have issued an arrest warrant for HDP’s spokesperson, after he failed to attend a court hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning, according to the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News.
The HDP previously announced that Osman Baydemir was to deliver a speech at the party’s group meeting today. Speaking at the HDP group meeting, Baydemir said he stands behind his decisions, and has not tried to run away, so there is no need for the warrant to be issued. In addition, he explained that he has left the decision to the people, and will continue his political activities despite the lack of adequate jurisdiction in Turkey. Baydemir was a former member of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which joined the HDP in 2014. www.mesop.de