Monday, November 15, 2010

BDP officials sentenced to prison for propaganda

13 November 2010

Head of the Van provincial office of Democratic Society Party (DTP) Muhittin Aksin who transferred BDP after DTP was banned by the constitutional court and Member of BDP Party Assembly M. Zahir Sarıtaş have been given 10 month-imprisonment on account of disseminating propaganda for an outlawed organisation.

Aksin and Sarıtaş both spoke at the opening ceremony of the BDP office in Van during which the DTP mayor also transferred to BDP. Following the ceremony they were both prosecuted. Van Heavy Criminal Court Nr. 4 sentenced each defendant to 10-month imprisonment. Muhittin Aksin reacted against the judgment and said he spoke Kurdish at the ceremony and his speech was translated wrong by the police. Although he said this before the court his objection was rejected by the court panel. He further said that the judiciary in Turkey is political rather than legal and he will appeal the judgement.