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Turkish Prosecutors Seek to Lift Garo Paylan's Parliamentary Immunity

Turkish prosecutors are seeking to lift the parliamentary immunity of an ethnic Armenian lawmaker Garo Paylan in order to prosecute and potentially jail him, marking a further escalation of the government’s assault on free expression, AL Monitor reports. 

Prosecutors in Ankara have invoked Article 301, which criminalizes insulting the Turkish nation, and Article 299, which penalizes insulting the Turkish president, against Garo Paylan of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), the largest pro-Kurdish bloc in the Turkish parliament.

 

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