Mahmut Alınak (born 1952, Digor (District), Kars, Kars Province), is a Turkish lawyer, author and politician, of Kurdish origin, and a former parliamentary deputy.
Alınak is a graduate of Ankara University's law faculty. In the Turkish general election, 1987 he was elected to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey for the Social Democratic Populist Party (SHP), representing Kars. In the Turkish general election, 1991 he was re-elected representing Şırnak, later joining others in the new Democracy Party (DEP). He was one of six DEP deputies whose parliamentary immunity was removed in 1994 to enable prosecution for alleged promotion of Kurdish separatism. He was sentenced to three years six months in December 1994.
In September 1997 Alınak published a novel, Şiro'nun Ateşi ("The Heat of Şiro") based on the real events of the village of Ormaniçi in the Güçlükonak district of the province of Şırnak, where villagers were mistreated by state security and tried unsuccessfully to obtain justice. The book was seized and banned, which the European Court of Human Rights ruled a breach of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights in 2005.
He was later the local chairman in Kars for the Democratic Society Party (founded 2005), and was an independent candidate associated with the party in the 2007 general elections, but failed to enter parliament. In 2008 he withdrew from a contest in which Ahmet Türk became co-leader of the party, saying he did not want to run against his friend.
In May 2007 Alınak was sentenced to 10 months in prison under Article 301, for his remarks about the Şemdinli incident, in which he described Parliament and the General Staff of Turkey as doing the bidding of the Counter-Guerrilla in protecting those responsible. In 2009 he was sentenced to five months of planting and caring for 500 trees (or else 11 months in prison) for insulting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In December 2010 he was sentenced to 14 months in prison for insulting police officers (Article 125 of the TCK), for his remarks about the torture of a person in Kars.
In 2011 he was one of many arrested in relation to the Kurdish organization Koma Civakên Kurdistan. He was held in the Kandıra F Type prison.
- Parlamentodan 9. koğuşa: 1, Tila Yayınevi, 1994
- HEP, DEP ve devlet: Parlamento'dan 9. koğuşa-2, Kaynak Yayınları, 1996
- Nazo: roman, Berfin Yayınları, 1998
- Ateşte yıkanmak: roman, Berfin Yayınları, 2003
- Tarihin çarmıhında "güneş ülkesi", Jan Yayınevi, 2010
- Şiro'nun ateşi ("The Heat of Şiro"), Jan Yayınevi, 2011