Turkey needs to be booted from NATO and ASAP.
Turkish Jails: Packed with Kurds, Only Seven Members of ISIS
- According to a recent public statement by the HDP party, 1,478 Kurdish politicians — including 78 democratically-elected mayors — have been arrested since July 2016.
- The co-heads of the HDP, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksektas, are also in jail. Prosecutors seek up to 142 years in jail for Demirtas and up to 83 years in jail for Yuksekdag. One of the charges directed to Demirtas is “managing a terrorist organization.”
- According to a recent report by Turkey’s Platform for Independent Journalism (P24), 151 individuals are in prison for being journalists or for being employed in the news media. Dozens of TV stations, news agencies, newspapers, magazines, and radio stations have been closed down by the Turkish government.
- In Turkey, it seems, ISIS members are freer than journalists and peaceful, democratically-elected Kurdish politicians.
According to the Turkish ministry of justice, only seven members of the Islamic State (ISIS) have been convicted of crimes and jailed in Turkey in the last year and a half.
The data was made public when Bekir Bozdag, the Turkish justice minister, was asked in Turkey’s parliament the number of ISIS convicts in Turkish jails.
One of the many ISIS members in Turkey that has been released by Turkish courts is Abdulsamet C., arrested on September 2 of last year on charges of being a member of a terrorist organization.