SULAIMANI – The dismissed Kurdish co-mayor of Diyarbakir’s Sur district was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison over charges of having links to the PKK, Turkish media reported on Monday (February 22).
Filiz Buluttekin was removed from office in December 2019 by a Turkish court due to ongoing legal proceedings against her.
Buluttekin is one of dozens of mayors from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), who have been replaced by government-appointed officials over similar charges in the last few years.
On Sunday (February 21) a HDP lawmaker was accused by Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office of having links to the PKK after suspects of having travelled to the Kurdistan Region where 13 Turks were killed.
The probe against HDP Deputy Dirayet Dilan Tasdemir came hours after the Turkish interior minister accused her in a TV interview of travelling to the mount of Gara where the slain Turks were held captive by the PKK.
Lawmaker Dirayet Dilan Tasdemir "is under investigation for belonging to a terrorist organization," Ankara prosecutors said.