Turkey frees Kurdish politician with dementia from jail
Kurdish politician Aysel Tugluk was released from jail in northwest Turkey late Thursday after a medical report that her dementia did not allow her to remain behind bars.
Tugluk, 57, was the deputy co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) before her arrest in 2016.
The prosecutor's office in Kocaeli province postponed Tugluk's sentence after a medical assessment that staying in jail threatened her life, private broadcaster NTV reported.
In August, Turkey's Constitutional Court rejected a plea for her release even though she was diagnosed with dementia but ordered that she receive regular neurological and psychiatric treatment in hospital.
Tugluk was sentenced in 2018 to 10 years in prison for membership of a "terrorist organisation".
Her supporters believe she developed dementia after witnessing Turkish nationalists attack her mother's 2017 funeral in Ankara, which the authorities allowed her to attend.
Tugluk was arrested for her activities with the Democratic Society Congress (DTK), an organisation that Turkish authorities consider linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which Ankara and its Western allies have blacklisted as a "terrorist" organisation.