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Arrested HDP MP Refused to Appear before the Court

Melike Gul Demir

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Women’s Assembly spokesperson Besime Konca who was detained in Ankara on December 12th, 2016 and sent to Diyarbakır, refused to appear before the court.

After her arrest, Konca was conditionally released, however, was re-arrested a few hours after her release while she was in Diyarbakır.

Shortly before her detention for the second time, Konca informed the lawyers that she was physically harassed during the arrest process: she was handcuffed, forced to listen to nationalistic anthems, and was told: “You belong either to prison or to a grave” by the policemen during her transfer to Batman to appear before the court.

Ms. Konca said she had marks of handcuffs on her wrists. Ms. Konca was arrested and transferred to a prison in Kandıra, Kocaeli, on December 13, joined by HDP Co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ.

Konca was accused of being a “member of a terrorist organization,” and “making propaganda for a terrorist organization,” because of her participation to the funeral of a “terrorist.”

“I refuse to recognize the legality of your court; your decision will be a political one. I will always stand with the people to share their joy and grief. This is why I participated in that funeral and tens of other funerals” said Besime Konca.

Konca refused to appear before the court which she was supposed to participate through SEGBİS (the Sound and Image Information System) from prison, she also announced that she is not going to attend the May 18th session of the court.

Konca had been sentenced with ‘political crimes’ and was incarcerated between 1993 and 2004 for 11 years. She was arrested as part of KCK Main Case Operations in 2009 and released in 2014.

Konca worked at Free Women Congress Foundation and was elected MP from Siirt in 2015.

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