Turkish Constitutional Court agrees to rule on ban of pro-Kurdish HDP Jun 22, 2021 0 61 12345 dpa IstanbulJudges at Turkey’s Constitutional Court unanimously accepted on Monday a case regarding the possible ban of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), state news agency Anadolu reported.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses the HDP of being an extension of the the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is classified as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. The HDP denies having ties.In early June, the general prosecutor of the highest court filed a revised lawsuit with the Constitutional Court asking for the HDP to be banned, after a first attempt had been rejected in March due to formal irregularities. In the 850-page indictment, the party is accused of separatism, among other things, Anadolu reported. The prosecutor calls for a permanent ban of the party and for barring 500 people from being active in politics.A request to freeze bank accounts was rejected by the Constitutional Court, Anadolu reported.HDP co-leader Mithat Sancar called the court’s decision to accept the case politically motivated and accused the Turkish government of agitating against his party.He pointed towards the attack of the HDP offices in Izmir on Friday, in which one employee was killed. The government was turning the party into a target, Sancar said.“The lawsuit comes at the end of a months-long political campaign,” Sancar said, adding that the indictment was not written by the prosecution but by the presidential palace and the ultra-nationalist MHP, which props up Erdogan’s government.The Constitutional Court should have rejected the case, and in accepting it missed a “historical chance” to support democracy, according to Sancar. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India starts free COVID vaccination for all above 18 but glitches remain Jun 22, 2021 0 358 Yoga a ‘source of inner strength’ during pandemic: Modi Jun 22, 2021 0 355 Hong Kong’s Apple Daily facing closure after arrest of executives Jun 22, 2021 0 351 Philippines U-turns on face shields dpa Manila Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday backtracked on scrapping the mandatory use of face shields outdoors, amid concern over the spread of more contagious variants of the coronavirus. Hours .. Iran’s Raisi rules out meeting US President Biden dpa Tehran Iranian president-elect Ebrahim Raisi has declined any meeting with US President Joe Biden so long as US sanctions remain in place, and also spoke out against a full renegotiation of the 2015 nuclear deal that .. Lapid to be first Israeli foreign min to visit UAE dpa Tel Aviv Israel’s new Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is to become the first to visit the United Arab Emirates, with a trip planned for next week. The head of the Yesh Atid party is to travel to the Gulf state for a two-day visit .. HK’s strict visa rules to hit relations: Taiwan dpa Taipei Taiwan’s government on Monday condemned Hong Kong for imposing strict visa rules on Taiwanese officials, a move it says will worsen diplomatic relations. The criticism came a day after the withdrawal of seven ..