Facing aggravated life imprisonment over the Kobanî protests from seven years ago, the HDP politicians appeared before the judge today, on April 26. The court board has rejected the attorneys' request for recusal.
Current and former HDP members may face life sentences in what critics call a ‘revenge trial’
Turkey has put 108 Kurdish politicians on trial in what critics say is politically motivated “revenge” for their alleged roles in deadly protests in 2014 sparked by the Isis takeover of the Syrian border town of Kobani.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry summoned Sweden's ambassador in Ankara to a meeting to protest contacts between two Swedish ministers and members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which Ankara considers a terrorist group, Turkish diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.