Four Kurdish lawmakers detained in Turkey

Kurdish MP Osman Baydemir

DIYARBAKIR – Four Kurdish lawmakers from the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) were detained by Turkish police on Jan. 25, including Diyarbakır MP İmam Taşçıer, Sanlıurfa MP Osman Baydemir, Iğdır MP Mehmet Emin Adıyaman and Muş MP Ahmet Yıldırım.

Yıldırım and Baydemir were reportedly released after testifying to the prosecutor.

An investigation was launched into Taşçıer over “openly humiliating the government of the Turkish Republic,” “insulting the president,” and “insulting a public worker because of his duty.”

Taşçıer was released after his testimony was taken.

An arrest warrant also issued for Adıyaman and he was taken to the Çağlayan Courthouse after being detained at his home.

Meanwhile, the jailed Kurdish mayor of Mardin province, Ahmet Türk, was taken to hospital in the eastern province of Elazığ in order to obtain a health report. His lawyer and family have repeatedly said his health condition is deteriorating.