HDP’s Kulp District Co-Mayors Released

The co-mayors were remanded in custody over a bomb attack that claimed seven lives in Diyarbakir.

The dismissed co-mayors of Kulp district in the mostly Kurdish-populated southeastern province of Diyarbakir has been released from prison.

Mehmet Fatih Tas and Fatma Ay were replaced with trustees by the Ministry of Interior and remanded in custody on September 17 over an explosion of a roadside bomb that killed seven people and injured 13 in Agackorur village in Kulp.

Along with Tas and Ay, Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Kulp District Organization Chair Abidin Karaman, Civil Works Director of Kulp Municipality Sener Aktas, Kulp Co-Mayor Fatma Ay and Mehmet Emin Ay were also sued for the explosion.

The five defendants were released after the first hearing of the case that was held at Diyarbakir 9th Heavy Penal court today (December 12).

Two days after the bomb attack in Diyarbakir, pro-government daily Yeni Safak claimed that the attack was carried out by the HDP, citing "some security forces."

The Ministry of Interior has taken over 24 municipalities from the HDP since the local elections in March, dismissing co-mayors on the grounds of "terrorism-related investigations against them."

Source: English Bianet