Turkey sets in motion prosecution of lawmakers

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Turkey's Justice Ministry has sent dozens of cases involving 57 lawmakers to public prosecutors after the president lifted their legal immunity.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Friday 152 parliamentarians in the 550-seat assembly could eventually face prosecution for criminal offenses.

The offenses range from insulting the president to corruption and supporting terrorism.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently approved a constitutional amendment lifting immunity from a pool of lawmakers.

Erdogan has repeatedly called for the trial of pro-Kurdish lawmakers on terrorism-related charges.

The majority of the lawmakers at risk of prosecution belong to the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party, HDP, or the opposition Republican People's Party.

Some 29 deputies from the ruling Justice and Development Party, 10 from the Nationalist Movement Party and one independent could also face charges.