Faruk Gergerlioğlu

CHP leader criticizes delay in releasing former HDP MP

Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on July 6 criticized the delay in releasing Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) former lawmaker Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu despite the decision of a top court to release the lawmaker.

The CHP asks justice for all, Kılıçdaroğlu said while addressing his party's lawmakers at the parliament.

Top court sends back indictment on HDP on procedural grounds

The Constitutional Court on March 31 returned the indictment, which aimed to ban the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) due to the lack of procedure in the file.

The first review will be made after the Supreme Court Chief Public Prosecutor's Office completes the deficiencies and submits the indictment to the Constitutional Court.

HDP's Gergerlioğlu released after detention

Turkish police early on March 21 detained Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), who was staging a protest in the parliament.

Gergerlioğlu was released on March 21 after giving his statement to the police.

Gergerlioğlu refused to leave parliament after he was stripped of his status and immunity as a lawmaker on March 17.

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Most of those who know Turkey's human rights community probably also know Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu. He is a medical doctor from the city of Kocaeli, and has been a devoted human rights activist for decades. For years, he was the head of Mazlum-Der, a human rights group founded by pious Muslims, as Dr. Gergerlioğlu himself is.