The Turkish court has violated the rights of the Kurdish leader


Istanbul's Turkish Constitutional Court has ruled that the long-running imprisonment of the former head of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party has violated his rights.


One of Turkey's most famous politicians, Seheltin Demirets, has been in prison since November 2016 on charges of terrorism. He could face up to 142 years if found guilty in the main case.

The court's decision, published in the Official Gazette of Turkey, states that his detention exceeds a reasonable period and violates his right to freedom by ordering compensation.

It was not immediately clear whether this verdict would lead to his release.

The court ruled last September to release the demerits as their main proceedings continue. The Constitutional Court is concerned with the custody of this period.

However, the prosecution launched a new investigation and requested that the court be remanded again after his arrest warrant was removed. Demiratus denies the allegations leveled against him.

Before heading to prison, the party he led was the People's Democratic Party (HDP), the second-largest opposition party in the Turkish parliament.

Ankara alleges that the HDP has links with the illegal Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union, which has for decades revolted against the Turkish state.

HDP denies such links.

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