Arrest of Dismissed Diyarbak?r Co-Mayor Selcuk Mizrakli to Continue

Dismissed and arrested Diyarbakir Metropolitan Co-Mayor Adnan Selcuk Mizrakli had his first hearing. The court has ruled that the arrest of Mizrakli shall continue.

Replaced with a state-appointed trustee by the Ministry of Interior on August 19 and arrested since October 22, dismissed Diyarbakir Metropolitan Co-Mayor Adnan Selcuk Mizrakli had his first hearing at the Diyarbakir 9th Heavy Penal Court today (December 25).

The court has ruled that the arrest of Mizrakli shall continue. The next hearing of the case will be held on February 10, 2020.

Arrested on charge of "being a member of a terrorist organization" based on the statements of a witness named H.B.A., Adnan Selcuk Mizrakli has been facing 7.5 years to 15 years in prison.

Currently held in Kayseri Bunyan Prison, Mizrakli attended his first hearing from Kayseri via Audio and Visual Information System (SEGBIS). His attorneys Diyarbakir Bar Association Chair Cihan Aydin, Mehmet Emin Aktar and Zulal Erdogan were present at court in the first hearing.

After the attorneys presented their statements of defense, the court board has ruled that the arrest of Adnan Selcuk Mizrakli shall continue, considering the current situation of evidence.

Today's hearing was also followed by Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Co-Chair Saliha Aydeniz, Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Co-Chair Berdan Ozturk, Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) MPs, HDP Diyarbakir Provincial Organization, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Diyarbakir Provincial Organization Chair Mehmet Sayin, Kurdistan Communist Party (KKP) Chair Sinan Ciftyurek, Labor Party Central Executive Committee member Yusuf Karatas, Mardin Bar Association Chair lawyer Ismail Elik and representatives from civil society organizations.

What happened?

Adnan Selcuk Mizrakli was taken into custody on October 21 as part of an investigation conducted by the Diyarbakir Chief Public Prosecutor's Office. He was arrested one day later on charges of "propagandizing for a terrorist organization" and "membership of a terrorist organization."

The indictment issued by the Diyarbakir Chief Public Prosecutor's Office was accepted by the Diyarbakir 11th Heavy Penal Court on November 11. Mizrakli has been facing 7.5 to 15 years in prison on the offenses charged.

His indictment refers to the accounts of witness H.B.A., based on which Mizrakli was arrested. H.B.A. alleged that a "Hogir" code named Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) member was taken to a private hospital in Diyarbakir after being wounded, he was operated by Mizrakli and discharged from hospital without being turned over to security forces. However, according to Social Security Institution (SGK) records, H.B.A. was not working at the hospital at the time when Mizrakli allegedly did the surgery.

Arrested for 1 months in 2018 as part of an investigation into the DTK, Adnan Selcuk Mizrakli faced one lawsuit and eight investigations on charges of "establishing and leading an armed terrorist organization, being a member of an armed terrorist organization, propagandizing for a terrorist organization and praising the crime and the criminal."

Receiving 490,507 votes (62.93 percent) in the last local elections on March 31, 2019, Mizrakli was elected the Metropolitan Co-Mayor of Diyarbakir.

Source: English Bianet