European official says ErdoIan’s ’witch hunt must end’

A deputy in the European Parliament has called on the Turkish authorities to halt legal proceedings against European Left (EL) party Vice Chair Maite Mola along with a number of Turkish citizens on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and said Erdoganand’s and”witch huntand” against critics of the Turkish government must end.
and”Intellectuals, journalists, writers, lawyers and also more often ordinary citizens in Turkey are being accused of andlsquoinsulting President Erdoganand’ and therefore risk ending up in prison,andquot Gabriele Zimmer, the president of the European United LeftandndashNordic Green Left (GUENGL) group in the European Parliament, said in a written statement on Tuesday.
In the statement, Zimmer said that Mola and 10 Turkish activists face legal proceedings on charges of andquotinsultingandquot Erdogan after they peacefully attended a demonstration in Istanbul on Feb. 21 of this year. andquotThis witch hunt which is carried out throughout the public sphere and includes posts and activity on the social media, represents a clear violation of fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression in Turkey,andquot she said.
She also called on the Turkish authorities to meet Turkeyand’s obligations as a member state of the Council of Europe (CoE) and a party to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
andquotThis witch hunt must end!and” the statement finishes.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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