Turkish judiciary working with gov’t in opposition crackdown – HDP

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has accused Turkish Interior Ministry of cooperating the judiciary in carrying out operations against the opposition, Mezpotamya news agency reported on Sunday.

The Turkish Interior Ministry’s recent statement regarding working with the country’s judiciary in a crackdown on hundreds of opposition members, mostly Kurds, is effectively a confession of  “the government cooperating with the judiciary,” in targeting government critics, the HDP said.

Turkish police in recent weeks have detained over 940 people, including 641 suspects affiliated the HDP over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).The Turkish government accuses the HDP of harbouring sympathy and acting in the interest of the PKK and has intensified a crackdown on the group in the aftermath of the failed coup of July 2016.

After the operations, Turkish Interior Ministry said that the police captured the suspects in coordination with chief prosecutor's offices across the country.

“This statement from the Interior Ministry is an admission that the operations targeting the opposition, starting with HDP members, are being carried out by a judiciary, which is receiving directives from the executive organ with the coordination of the ministry,’’ the HDP said.

The HDP called for the reappointment of what it called compromised prosecutors and members of the judiciary, citing their lack of impartiality.