Court orders former HDP co-leader Demirtaş to remain in custody
During the hearing on Dec. 12, Demirtaş denounced what he considered a “political trial” and said he was a “political hostage.”
But even if Demirtaş was released on Dec. 13, he would have to remain in jail since he has been sentenced to four years and eight months for “terrorist propaganda” in another case.
A Turkish court upheld the conviction on Dec. 4 after his lawyers made an appeal.
Demirtaş has been in pre-trial detention since November 2016, accused of managing a “terrorist organization,” making “terrorist propaganda” and “inciting others to commit crimes.”
Ramazan Demir, a lawyer for Demirtaş, told reporters on Dec. 13 that the decision to keep him in detention “was in defiance” of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
The ECHR last month ruled Demirtaş’ imprisonment had been aimed at “stifling pluralism and limiting freedom of political debate,” calling for his release from the pre-trial detention.
The trial will resume on Jan. 23-25.