The court ruling on Figen Yüksekdağ is not lawful but arbitrary and political

Şanlı Urfa 5th High Criminal Court ruled today “to bar HDP co-chair Ms Figen Yüksekdağ from travel abroad by way of judicial control”. This action is entirely arbitrary and in conradiction of legal precedents. 

The statement in the ruling which cites the “existence of facts which raise suspicion that the accused will abscond” is unfounded and deliberate. Ms Yüksekdağ has traveled abroad innumerable times, participated in various meetings, held diplomatic and political talks and has always returned to Turkey.

The statement about “the exitence of a risk that the accused will abscond” is hence, entirely arbitrary and unacceptable. Our lawyers will exercise their right of objection and take the necessary legal actions to lift this ban. 

We demand the immediate rescinding of this politically motivated unlawful travel ban ruling concerning our co-chair Ms Figen Yüksekdağ who is currently participating in the work of the Parliament as Van MP and carrying on with her political work in all parts of the country. 

Peoples' Democratic Party 
Central Executive Board
29 October 2016