Court rejects HDP Co-chair Demirtaş’s request for release

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A Diyarbakır court on Monday rejected a request for the release of jailed Co-chairperson of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş.

The Diyarbakır 2nd Penal Court of Peace ruled that Demirtaş should remain behind bars after it reviewed a petition from his lawyers asking for the HDP co-chair’s release.

Demirtaş, who was arrested in early November along with nine other HDP deputies, is incarcerated in Edirne Prison.

The HDP deputies including the party’s other Co-chairperson Figen Yüksekdağ were arrested on the grounds that they refused to testify in court about allegations of terrorism.

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