Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that the indictment contained procedural omissions, local media reported.
Turkey’s Supreme Court sent an indictment demanding that the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) be referred to the prosecutor on procedural grounds, state media reported.
The Constitutional Court ruled that the indictment contained procedural omissions and referred it to the Court of Cassation, state agency Anadolu said on Wednesday. The Court of Cassation may resubmit the indictment after completing the necessary details.
This means that the HDP lawsuit has been delayed for “an indefinite period,” private broadcaster NTV said.
A high-level prosecutor filed a complaint earlier this month calling for a ban of the HDP for alleged links to Kurdish armed groups, as well as a five-year political ban against more than 600 party members.
The move came the same day the authorities stripped prominent HDP lawmaker and human rights activist Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu of his parliamentary seat following his conviction for terrorist propaganda following a media posting. social.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long portrayed the HDP as the political front of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The PKK has been waging a conflict against the Turkish state since 1984 in which tens of thousands of people have been killed. The group is considered a “terrorist organization” by Ankara and its Western allies.
The prosecutor’s decision was the culmination of a years-long crackdown on the HDP in which thousands of its members were tried primarily on “terrorism” charges.
The HDP, the third largest party in parliament, has denied terrorist ties and called the move a “political coup”. Party officials said they would regroup under a different name if banned, as previous Kurdish parties have done after their closure amid Turkey’s long history of party bans.
The measures taken by the Turkish authorities against the HDP and Gergerlioglu were the latest in a years-long crackdown on the second largest opposition party in parliament. Dozens of HDP lawmakers and elected mayors – including former co-chair Selahattin Demirtas – as well as thousands of party members have been arrested on terrorism-related charges.
HDP co-leader Mithat Sancar said earlier Wednesday that the indictment was “a disgrace in the name of law and democracy”.
“This attack is not only targeting the HDP and us, it is aimed at destroying the will of the Kurdish people through the HDP. At the same time, it aims to destroy what remains of democracy and the rule of law in Turkey, ”he said.
Turkey’s western allies condemned the decision to shut down the HDP. Erdogan’s ruling AK party and its nationalist MHP allies, who have repeatedly called for the party to shut down, have defended the move.