CHP MP Enis Berberoğlu's parliamentary status restored

Main opposition CHP MP Enis Berberoğlu has regained his parliamentary status after the decision that Istanbul 14th Heavy Penal Court halted criminal enforcement against the deputy was read at the parliament's general assembly on Feb. 11.

Main opposition CHP MP Enis Berberoğlu is seen in this file photo.

Duvar English 

Turkish main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) MP Enis Berberoğlu, stripped of his parliamentary status last year after a conviction, was restored as a member of parliament on Feb. 11 after a Constitutional Court ruling.

Berberoğlu regained his status when the court decision regarding his case was read out in parliament on Feb. 11. 

The Constitutional Court last week sent the second rights violation ruling on Berberoğlu to parliament and the Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HGK) with an emphasis on protecting the constitutional order.

The Constitutional Court ruled that Berberoğlu's right to participate in politics and to personal freedom and security were violated, in second such ruling in his case.

The ruling, which was adopted unanimously, was sent to the Istanbul 14th Heavy Penal Court for a retrial and the removal of the rights violations. The top court stressed that its rulings are binding when sending it to the lower court.

The Istanbul 14th Heavy Penal Court finally abided by the top court's ruling on Feb. 8, which paved the way for Berberoğlu's retrial. 

Parliament stripped Berberoğlu of his parliamentary status last June along with two Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputies when convictions against them became final.

Berberoğlu was initially sentenced to 25 years in prison on spying charges in 2017 after being accused of giving an opposition newspaper video purporting to show Turkey's intelligence agency trucking weapons into Syria.