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Pro-Kurdish MPs are sworn in after being freed from jail


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Pro-Kurdish MPs are sworn in after being freed from jail

Turkey’s parliament has sworn in five pro-Kurdish MPs after being freed from prison during their trial on charges linking them to armed militants.

The five were elected in 2011 after running for office from prison but were barred for taking their seats.

A court last week ruled that jailing them had violated their rights as elected officials.

The three men and two women were accused of having ties with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) The same party with which the government has begun a fragile peace process.

Parliamentarians enjoy immunity from prosecution in Turkey.

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