Leyla Güven, Co-President of the DTK and HDP deputy for Hakkari, who is on her 79th day of an unlimited hunger strike as protest against the carceral isolation imposed on the leader of the Kurdish people, Abdullah Öcalan, has been freed from jail.

The fifth session of the case against Güven, accused of “founding and commanding an armed organization”, of “propaganda for an illegal organization” and of “opposition to Law 2911”, was held at the 9th court of Diyarbakir’s Penal Courthouse.

Neither Güven nor her lawyers nor the public could attend the hearing.

While the prosecutor proposed the prolongation of Güven’s detention, the board ordered her liberation with a ban on foreign travel.

Following the announcement of this decision, Turkish police forces stormed the type E prison in Diyarbakir where Güven is incarcerated.

They are stopping the public from assembling in front of the jail in order to greet Güven when she is released and no one is authorized to approach the zone except for Güven’s daughter, Sabiha Temizkan.

Temizkan has sent the following message on twitter: “I am waiting in front of the jail. The prison is under blocus and the only people allowed to enter are the members of my family and those of families visiting prisoners today. HDP deputies are not authorized to greet my mother. I will greet her alone!”

Pervin Buldan, HDP Co-President, Berdan Öztürk, DTK Co-President  and other HDP deputies have arrived at the jail, but they are not authorized entrance.

Journalists are also being kept from covering the event.


Leyla Guven a été libéréeRoj Info

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