Three suspects arrested for attack on opposition deputy Atay that followed ‘rapist’ brawl with minister
Three suspects were arrested for the attack on opposition deputy Barış Atay on Aug. 31, hours after Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said the lawmaker would make "a perfect rapist." The minister's insult was a response to Atay's criticism of rapist sergeant Musa Orhan's swift release from prison despite charges of repeated sexual assault.
Felicity Party (Saadet) deputy Abdulkadir Karaduman said on July 20 that he was admitted to the hospital for COVID-19. The deputy marks the fifth infection among Turkey's lawmakers.
Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Mensur Işık was suspended from the party for the duration of an expulsion investigation the HDP Women's Assemblies are conducting into him. The deputy's wife had reported the assault to health workers on July 16, and a restraining order was issued against him.
Turkey's lawmakers will be getting digitized ID cards to enter parliament, second-term speaker Mustafa Şentop said. Upgraded as part of structural renovations to parliament, the new ID cards will also have information in English.
Opposition deputy Tuma Çelik urged the Turkish government to open schools that teach in Assyrian. The Treaty of Lausanne mandates the government to provide education opportunities in minorities' native languages in areas where their population is dense, he noted.
MHP deputy chair Feti Yıldız has become the first Turkish lawmaker known to have been infected with the novel coronavirus. Yıldız was admitted to a hospital on April 6.