Collective Punishment for Demirtas Family

A court in Turkey has sentenced Basak Demirtas, former People’s Democratic Party (HDP) co-leader Selahattin Demirtas’s wife to 30 months in prison  on “document forgery charges” due to a date typo in a medical report for sick leave. She had medical operations to resolve complications of a miscarriage and her physician is also convicted on forgery.

The lawyers stated that the verdict was made deliberately when Basak Demirtas is being targeted about her statements about her husband. “The original of the report was not checked and this verdict is not a coincidence. This is the result of a collective punishment manner” says Demirtas’s lawyers.

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