Constitutional Court Rejects Garo Paylan’s Appeal


ANKARA (Agos) — The Constitutional Court on February 28 turned down an appealed filed by Member of Parliament Garo Paylan (HDP), demanding the reversal of the sentence he had received for using the word “genocide” in the parliament.

On January 13, Paylan had taken to the floor in the parliament, but his speech was interrupted because he had used the word “genocide.” His speech was deleted from the parliamentary minutes and he was banned from the parliament for three sessions.

Paylan appealed to the Constitutional Court on the grounds of “violation of parliamentary immunity and abolishment of freedom of expression” and he demanded that the decision be reversed.

The court rejected Paylan’s demand unanimously.