Turkish court arrests HDP spokesperson Bilgen for second time

Ayhan Bilgen: Former HDP Spokesperson

AMED – Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Kars deputy and party spokesperson Ayhan Bilgen was arrested by Turkish police on Jan. 31, one day after he was released.

On Jan. 31, the party’s Adana deputy Meral Danış Beştaş was also arrested on charges of “being a member of an armed terrorist organization” as part of a terror probe launched by Turkish government in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.

Beştaş was detained on Jan. 28 as part of a terror probe by the Diyarbakır Prosecutor’s Office but was released on probation.

After the public prosecutor objected to the release, police again detained Beştaş on Jan. 31 along with Bilgen, who was also detained for a second time.

Some 13 HDP lawmakers were detained in November 2016, and 10 of them, including co-leaders Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, were arrested upon an order issued by Islamist dictator Erdogan.