'I'll be in prison when you're watching this': Gergerlioğlu confident that he will return to parliament
Former HDP deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, who was arrested on April 3 on politically motivated charges, told Duvar English hours before his detention that he will return to parliament eventually. "The Constitutional Court will most probably rule that there was a rights violation and I will return to parliament as a deputy after imprisonment," he said.
Nermin Pınar Erdoğan - Neşe İdil / Duvar English
Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a former deputy and human rights advocate who was arrested on April 3, said that he is confident that he will return to parliament as a lawmaker.
In an interview with Duvar English hours before he was detained on April 2, Gergerlioğlu said that he filed a case with the Constitutional Court and that he expects it to rule for a rights violation.
"The court order [for my arrest] is very controversial. I filed a case with the Constitutional Court, but the parliament speaker's office didn't wait for the final ruling and stripped me of my MP status," the former Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy said.
"The court will most probably rule that there was a rights violation and I will return to parliament as a deputy after imprisonment. It will be a major scandal for parliament because they would have to admit that they stripped an innocent person of his parliamentary status, jailed him, treated him and the people unjustly and say, 'We were wrong.'"
Gergerlioğlu is currently imprisoned in Ankara's Sincan Prison.