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.


Egypt court confirms 20 death sentences over police killings

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Egypt court confirms 20 death sentences over police killings

  • Egypt’s courts have sentenced hundreds of people to death or lengthy jail terms over the unrest that followed Mursi's overthrow
  • The same court on Monday sentenced 80 people to 25-year prison terms and a further 34 to 15 years each in jail over the Kerdassa incident

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Monday upheld death sentences for 20 Islamists convicted of killing 13 policemen during violent unrest after the military overthrow of president Muhammad Mursi in 2013.
“The verdict is final and cannot be appealed,” a judicial official said.
On August 14, 2013, a month after Mursi was overthrown by the army, security forces forcibly dispersed two pro-Mursi protest camps in Cairo in an operation that killed more than 700 people.
Hours later, a furious crowd attacked a police station in the Cairo suburb of Kerdassa, where 13 policemen were killed.
Egypt’s courts have sentenced hundreds of people to death or lengthy jail terms over the unrest, including Mursi and several leaders of his Muslim Brotherhood movement.
The same court on Monday sentenced 80 people to 25-year prison terms and a further 34 to 15 years each in jail over the Kerdassa incident. It also acquitted 21 defendants.
Earlier this month an Egyptian court upheld death sentences against 75 people in one of the largest mass trials since the 2011 that toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak.
Former armed forces chief Abdel Fattah El-Sisi won the presidency in 2014 after leading the ouster of Mursi following mass protests against the Islamist’s rule.
El-Sisi won re-election with 97 percent of the vote in March this year, against a single opponent widely seen as a token challenger.