Selim Sadak

Selim Sadak, (born 1954 in İdil, Şırnak[1]) is a Turkish politician of Kurdish origin.

Selim Sadak
Member of Parliament
In office
1991 – 2 March 1994
Mayor of Siirt
In office
Personal details
Selim Sadak

EducationDiyarbakır Eğitim Enstitüsü


Selim Sadak graduated from the Mathematics department of Diyarbakır Eğitim Enstitüsü. He then worked as a freelancer in Kurdish, English and Arabic.

He is married and has 10 children.[1]

Political careerEdit

In the 1991 Turkey Parliamentary general election, he joined Leyla Zana, Mahmut Alınak, Hatip Dicle, Orhan Doğan, Ahmet Türk, Sırrı Sakık and Sedat Yurtdaş in the Social Democratic Populist Party and was elected as the member of parliament for Şırnak in the 19th Parliament of Turkey. On 16 June 1994 the Democracy Party was closed down by the Turkish Constitutional Court, and Selim Sadak, along with other members of the party, were put in prison. Based on a decision by the State Security Court he was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1994.[2] In April 2004 the European parliament condemned the imprisonment of Sadak and hoped for the quashing of the sentence in a resolution.[3] He was released in June 2004 following a decision of Turkey's Appeal Court.[4]

Later career and prosecutionEdit

Following his release from prison, Sadak along with Leyla Zana and Hatip Dicle set up the Democratic Society Party (DTP) and was elected mayor of Siirt under the DTP, receiving 49,4% of the votes in the local elections in March 2009.[5]

In December 2009, however, Turkey banned the DTP due to alleged links with the PKK and Selim Sadak as well as Ahmet Türk, Aysel Tuğluk, Leyla Zana and Nurettin Demirtaş, were banned from politics for 5 years.[citation needed] In 2010 he was dismissed by the Interior Ministry as Mayor of Siirt after a sentence of 10 months imprisonment from 2008 got confirmed, a decision he objected. Then the Council of State Administrative Trials Board General Council overruled the decision of the Interior Ministry to dismiss Sadak and ruled he can stay Mayor of Siirt until the end of his term.[6][7]

On 26 April 2010 he was sentenced of 1 year imprisonment because he used the word Kurdistan and on the 13 April to 10 months imprisonment for a photo depicted in a calendar of 2010.[8]

In August 2011 he was sentenced in Siirt Criminal Court to five months in prison, a sentence which was later converted to a fine.[9]

On 7 October 2011 he was sentenced in Diyarbakir court to one year and eight months prison for terrorist propaganda in relation to a speech that he made in 2007.[10]


  1. ^ a b Selim Sadak kimdir?,, Erişim Tarihi: 6 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Texts adopted - Thursday, 22 April 2004 - Trial against Leyla Zana and others in Ankara - P5_TA(2004)0377". Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  3. ^ "Texts adopted - Thursday, 22 April 2004 - Trial against Leyla Zana and others in Ankara - P5_TA(2004)0377". Retrieved 2019-12-12.
  4. ^ "Leyla Zana, European Parliament's Sakharov Prize Winner of 1995" (PDF). Europarl. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  5. ^ "PARTİ İL SEÇİM SONUÇLARI". Retrieved 2019-12-12.
  6. ^ "Turkey's Council of State overrules sacking of mayor over PKK propaganda". World Bulletin.
  7. ^ "Siirt mayor Sadak will not be removed". ANF News. Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  8. ^ "1 Year and 10 Months in Jail for Mayor Selim Sadak". Bianet. 28 April 2010.
  9. ^ "Siirt Mayor Selim Sadak'a were sentenced to 5 months in prison". Haber Monitor. 2011-08-14. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  10. ^ "150 ans de prison pour trois députées kurdes dont Leyla Zana". Le Post. 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2011-10-14.

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