Charges prepared against HDP MP Sibel Yiğitalp

DIYARBAKIR – The Office of the Chief Public Prosecutor in Diyarbakır has prepared a document summarizing potential charges against Sibel Yiğitalp, the HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) MP for Diyarbakır. Sibel may be charged with “propaganda for a (terrorist) organization” and “public insult to the government, soldiers of the state, and police corps of the Republic of Turkey” because of a speech she gave to the HDP District Congress in Sur (an urban district of Diyarbakır).

The Office of the Chief Public Prosecutor in Diyarbakır prepared the document of charges because of a speech Sibel gave at the Ordinary Congress of the HDP Sur District Organization, which took place in Diyarbakır’s central district of Sur on August 28, 2016. The document notes that Sibel’s speech at the congress was broadcast live on the Med Nuçe TV channel. The document goes on to provide a transcript of Sibel’s speech about the destruction and clashes in Sur.

Because Sibel is still a Member of Parliament, the document notes, the 83rd article of the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey requires that in order for an investigation to be conducted against Sibel for the crimes listed in the document, her parliamentary immunity would have to be lifted by the office of the Speaker of the Turkish Parliament. The document, which calls for Sibel’s immunity to be lifted in accordance with the 83rd article of the Constitution, has been sent to the Ministry of Justice. From there, it will be sent to the Speaker’s office.

If Sibel’s legal immunity is lifted, she will face charges of “propaganda for a (terrorist) organization” and “public insult to the government, state soldiers, and police corps of the Republic of Turkey” carrying a prison sentence from one year, six months to seven years.