Turkish court orders rearrest of jailed Demirtash

21/09/2019 - 16:05 Published in News/Kurdistan

The release from a Turkish jail of the former leader of the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is set to be blocked after a court on Friday ordered his arrest on new terrorism-related charges, the HDP said.

One of Turkey’s best known politicians, Selahaddin Demirtash has been in jail for almost three years and faces several other legal cases, mainly on terrorism charges, which he denies. He faces being sentenced to 142 years in prison in the main case against him.

A Turkish court ruled earlier this month that he should be released while the main trial continues and the HDP said Demirtash’ lawyers had on Friday applied for his release on parole.

Prosecutors then launched a new investigation into him and the other former co-leader of the party and requested their arrest, Demirtash said.

“The decision to re-arrest Selahaddin Demirtash and Figen Yuksekdag is the massacring of the principles of universal law once again,” the HDP said on Twitter, following the court ruling.

The prosecutor’s office in Ankara was not immediately available to comment.

The independence of Turkey’s judiciary has been hotly debated in recent years, especially since a crackdown on the judiciary and other state bodies following an abortive coup in July 2016 and after the country switched to an executive presidential system in June last year.

“There is no judiciary, no justice, no law, no judges. Not just for us, for none of you,” Demirtash said earlier on Twitter, announcing that the new investigation had been launched.