A Turkish court has sentenced Kurdish MP Leyla Zana to 10 years' imprisonment. The charges against her are, nine previously held speeches, including in the European Parliament, and spreading propaganda on behalf of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
A judge in the south-eastern town of Diyarbakir found Leyla Zana guilty of violating Turkey's anti-terror law.
Ms Zana became a leading campaigner for Kurdish prisoners in the 1990s; she was first elected to the Turkish Parliament in 1991, becoming Turkey's first female Kurdish MP. Ms Zana has already spent a decade in jail, between 1994 and 2004, for alleged links to the PKK.
She has been twice nominated for the Nobel Prize and was awarded the Andrei Sakharov prize for Human rights in 1995 in the European Parliament.
Commenting on the court decision, Gabi Zimmer said, "I am deeply shocked about this sentencing. Leyla Zana is an outspoken, courageous and loyal ambassador to the Kurdish people, and especially Kurdish women.
"Today European Parliament President Martin Schulz is in Turkey and will meet the Government and Prime Minister. I urge him to make this issue a priority in his discussions. The whole European Parliament must unite to condemn this unacceptable act by the Turkish government and ensure this sentence is revoked as soon as possible. "
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