Detention of pro-Kurdish lawmakers is lawful: Turkish justice minister

Police raided the homes and detained the joint leaders of the HDP, the second-biggest opposition party in parliament

By: Reuters | Istanbul | Published:November 4, 2016 1:48 pm
FILE - In this April 16, 2016 file photo, Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag waits for a ceremony at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey. Bozdag says Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 the country has provided "more than sufficient" evidence to the United States for the extradition of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Turkey of orchestrating the July 15 failed coup attempt. Bozdag was speaking to reporters Tuesday before departing to the U.S. for talks with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch over Turkish requests for Fethullah Gulen's arrest and eventual extradition. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File) Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

The detention of deputies from Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is in line with the law, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Friday, in comments broadcast on state television TRT.

Police raided the homes and detained the joint leaders of the HDP, the second-biggest opposition party in parliament, and another 10 HDP lawmakers after they refused to give testimony for crimes linked to “terrorist propaganda”.