Turkey/ECHR: Local court rejects Demirtaş’s appeal for release despite ECtHR ruling

November 30, 2018

The Ankara 19th High Criminal Court on Friday rejected a request for release filed by Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtaş which was based on a European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruling that his pre-trial detention had gone on longer than could be justified.

The court decided to ask Turkey’s Justice Ministry whether the ECtHR ruling was final.

Former co-chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Demirtaş has been in pre-trial detention since November 2016 along with the other former co-chair, Figen Yüksekdağ.

“The Court found that the judicial authorities had extended Mr Demirtaş’ detention on grounds that could not be regarded as ‘sufficient’ to justify its duration,” the Strasbourg-based ECtHR said in a statement on Nov. 20.

The ECtHR ruled that Ankara “was to take all necessary measures to put an end to the applicant’s pre-trial detention.”

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan responded to the ECtHR decision by saying that the European court’s rulings did not bind Turkey.

https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/11/30/local-court-rejects-demirtass-appeal-for-release-despite-ecthr-ruling/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/turkish-court-selahattin-demirtas-jail-echr-181130140610828.html

https://www.voanews.com/a/turkish-court-rules-to-keep-ex-kurdish-party-leader-in-jail/4681142.html

https://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/turkish-politician-to-remain-in-jail/news-story/4d7852777fc0d2750052fb0afe3740df

https://www.euronews.com/2018/11/30/turkish-court-rules-to-keep-kurdish-politician-demirtas-in-jail-lawyer

https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/12/04/regional-appeals-court-upholds-kurdish-politician-demirtass-sentence/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/speak-out-for-people-in-turkey/?fbclid=IwAR3jvH1NNtY6dLqrcDhHD_zAHAQ7iYDS7vOwtpIg9YZxTGU5B0dYEiillvw (SIGN THE PETITION!)

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/1156456/Mahkemeden_Selahattin_Demirtas_karari.html (TURKCE)

https://www.demokrathaber.org/siyaset/selahattin-demirtas-beklesinler-durusmaya-geliyorum-soyleyeceklerim-h110484.html (TURKCE)

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2018/11/30/turquie-la-demande-de-liberation-de-l-opposant-kurde-demirtas-rejetee_5390970_3210.html (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F (FRANCAIS)

https://de.nachrichten.yahoo.com/nachrichten-ruckblick-abend-die-wichtigsten-news-vom-30-november-2018-165738676.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-justicia-turca-mantiene-rejas-politico-kurdo-demirtas-pese-fallo-estrasburgo-20181130140137.html (ESPANOL)

https://observador.pt/2018/11/30/tribunal-turco-rejeita-libertacao-do-opositor-curdo-selahattin-demirtas/ (PORTUGUES)

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