138 lawmakers in Turkey to face terror charges
ISTANBUL—Turkey’s president has approved amendments to the constitution that pave the way for the trials of some 138 legislators, including several proKurdish lawmakers who face terror-related charges.
The state-run Anadolu Agency said Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday ratified the changes which were put forward by the ruling party and finally approved by parliament last month after heated debates that devolved into outright fights.
The changes have been criticized by officials in the European Union and Germany and condemned by Turkish opposition lawmakers. Lasts week, Turkey’s highest court rejected a petition by opposition legislators to strike down the legislation.
Erdogan has accused the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, or HDP, of being