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Trial date of HDP's Demirtas delayed until September

FILE: Former People’s Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas (File)
2019-07-18

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SULAIMANI – A court in Ankara has once again delayed the trial of former People’s Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas, during which time he will remain in custody.

It set the new date as September 2. This is the ninetieth time of Demirtas’ trial has been delayed.

The court decided to continue his detention after taking statements from his lawyers.

On July 9, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Turkey should compensate Demirtas because his right to free expression were violated during his time in the jail.

He has been in jail since November 2016, charged with spreading propaganda for the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) and faces up to 142 years in prison.

On September 7, 2018, Turkey sentenced Demirtas to four years and eight months over alleged links to the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), which has carried out a decades-long insurgency against Turkey.

Both Dimirtas and the HDP deny links with the PKK.

In June 2018, he ran for president from his jail cell, coming in third and winning 4.2 million votes.

(NRT Digital Media)