HDP member missing for more than three weeks in Sulaimani: party representative

Members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) speak to reporters after one of their members has been missing for more than twenty days in Sulaimani on August 8, 2020, Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region/Iraq. (Photo Credit: NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — A representative of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said on Saturday (August 8) that one of its members has been missing in Sulaimani for more than three weeks.

“Sulaimani’s police and Asayish have told us they are not aware of the matter,” HDP Representative Muzein Gunes said during a press conference.

He called on all relevant authorities to follow up on the issue.

Guniz named the missing man as Ali Ahmad, who is originally from southeastern Turkey but has been living in the Kurdistan Region for the last nine years. He moved to Sulaimani last year for work and went missing on July 15.

The HDP initially raised the issue with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) privately so that the party, which is politically dominant in Sulaimani governorate, could investigate the matter through its general directorates of police and Asayish, but Ahmad’s whereabouts remain unknown.

The apparent disappearance comes in the context of an ongoing Turkish military campaign in the Kurdistan Region.

The government in Ankara has targeted HDP officials and members in Turkey, accusing them of being supportive of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

(NRT Digital Media)