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Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) saved a seat for lawmaker Enis Berberoğlu, who was stripped of his title on June 4, during their first group meeting in months on June 9.

A sheet that said Enis Kadri Berberoğlu, a pair of glasses and a pen, along with a copy of the Constitution lay at an empty seat during the CHP group meeting, held under social distancing measures.

Berberoğlu was sentenced to five years and 10 months in jail in the case into a story on National Intelligence Agency (MİT) trucks filled with weapons bound for Syria, accused of providing footage of the trucks to journalist Can Dündar.

Berberoğlu was detained from June 4 to June 6, before being released as part of COVID-19 prevention measures.

Deputies all wore masks and were seated at safe distances, visitors were banned during the first group meeting after two and a half months of cancellations to slow the spread of COVID-19.