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Top Turkish court rejects bid to close pro-Kurdish party

Citing technical flaws in a case seeking the closure of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, the Turkish Constitutional Court rejected an indictment by a top prosecutor, setting the stage for possible rifts among political alliances in Ankara.
Supporters of Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) shout slogans during a rally as part of Nowruz (Newroz), or Kurdish New Year, celebrations in Ankara, on March 21, 2021.

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s Constitutional Court rejected on April 1 a March 17 indictment by a top prosecutor seeking to close the nation’s second-largest opposition party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). The case charged HDP officials with alleged ties to Kurdish militants and sought a five-year-political ban on more than 600 party members.

Citing procedural omissions, Turkey’s top court returned the 609-page indictment to the Court of Cassation, which can resubmit the case after providing missing details such as suspects’ personal information, their roles in the party and the criminal charges lodged against them.

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