Application for Demirtaş’s release denied

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DİYARBAKIR - Application of the lawyers of former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş for their client’s release was denied.
 
After the violation decision ruled by the Constitutional Court lawyers of Selahattin Demirtaş, the former Co-Chair of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) filed application for Demirtaş's release to Ankara 2nd Criminal Court of Peace. The court, which evaluated the application, denied the request for release on the grounds that there has been no change in the evidence available since Demirtaş was imprisoned.
 
It was learned that the lawyers of Demirtaş would object to the decision.
 
PROSECUTOR'S ACCUSATION OF TERROR 
 
The court pointed out the allegations for Demirtaş in parallel with the investigation carried out by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office who claimed, "These crimes were carried out in accordance with the so-called instructions of the PKK Armed Terrorist Organization, knowingly and willfully and there are strong evidence and indications in the investigation that the suspect had been in agreement with the so-called managers of the organization and acted together."
 
PROSECUTOR ASKED FOR THE DENIAL OF REQUEST
 
According to the court’s notion, which included the prosecutor's demands, the prosecutor asked for the denial of the request for release on the grounds of the nature of the crimes, the current evidences, the upper limit of the punishment for the crimes subject to arrest and the reason that the conditions of detention have not changed yet. 
 
CONSTITUTIONAL COURT'S PREVIOUS DECISION FOR RELEASE
 
Turkey’s Constitutional Court early on June 19 ruled that rights of Demirtaş, who has been imprisoned since Nov. 4, 2016 on charges related to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), were violated, saying that the politician’s lengthy imprisonment breaches the constitution as it exceeds the “reasonable duration.” He was not released due to another ongoing case against the former HDP co-chair.
 

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