Pro-Kurdish politician Gergerlioğlu released from prison
Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) politician Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu has been released from prison, T24 reported on Tuesday, hours after a local court ruled for his release.
Earlier on Tuesday, a court in Turkey’s northwestern Kocaeli province ruled for the release of the former member of Turkish parliament, who has been behind bars on terror charges since April.
Gergerlioğlu's son, Salih Gergerlioğlu, took to Twitter to share the news of the politician's release.
Artık özgür :) pic.twitter.com/bFIcysaxHg— Salih Gergerlioğlu (@salihro) July 6, 2021
The ruling arrived five days after the Constitutional Court ruled that the former HDP lawmaker and human rights activist’s rights to run in elections and engage in politics as well as his right to free expression were violated.
Gergerlioğlu was arrested on April 2 and sentenced to two and a half years in prison on on charges of “making propaganda for a terrorist organization.”
The politician was stripped of his parliamentary status on March 17, weeks after a Turkish court upheld a conviction over spreading terrorist propaganda.
The charges against Gergerlioğlu were based on a newspaper article the former deputy posted on his social media account that included a statement by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that has been at war in Turkey for Kurdish autonomy for almost 40 years.