Turkey: Ex-Kurdish party leader sentenced on terror charge

A Turkish court on September 7, 2018 gave Selahattin Demirtas four years and eight months in jail for making terror propaganda. (AFP)
Updated 07 September 2018
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Turkey: Ex-Kurdish party leader sentenced on terror charge

ANKARA: A court in Istanbul has convicted a former co-chairman of Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish political party of “engaging in terror propaganda.”
The court sentenced Selahattin Demirtas to more than four years in prison after finding him guilty on Friday.
The trial is one of several faced by Demirtas, who has been in pre-trial detention since November 2016.
He ran as the People’s Democratic Party candidate in Turkey’s presidential election from prison and garnered 8.4 percent of the vote.
The court also convicted former legislator Sirri Sureyya Onder of the same charge and gave him a prison sentence of more than three years.
The two men were accused of supporting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, in speeches they delivered in 2013 during festivities marking a Kurdish spring festival.
They denied the accusation and were expected to appeal.


Netanyahu defends Gaza ceasefire after Israeli criticism

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Netanyahu defends Gaza ceasefire after Israeli criticism

  • ‘Our enemies begged for a ceasefire and they knew very well why’
  • The deal has provoked criticism from within Netanyahu’s government

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday defended his decision to accept a ceasefire after the worst escalation with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip since a 2014 war.
“In times of emergency, when making decisions crucial to security, the public can’t always be privy to the considerations that must be hidden from the enemy,” he said at a ceremony in honor of Israel’s founding father David Ben-Gurion.
“Our enemies begged for a ceasefire and they knew very well why.”
The deal has provoked criticism from within Netanyahu’s government as well as from Israelis who live near the Gaza Strip and want further action against its Islamist rulers Hamas.