Turkish court reverses release ruling for former pro-Kurdish party deputy after objection

(Updated with new court ruling)

A Turkish court on Friday reversed its ruling for the release of former pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) member of parliament Abdullah Zeydan after a Chief Public Prosecutor's Office objected the decision, T24 reported.

Diyarbakır 5TH Heavy Penal Court on Friday ruled for the release of Zeydan, however, the city's Chief Public Prosecutor's Office objected to the ruling and the court approved the objection, T24 said.

The ruling for the release of Zeydan was based on a judicial reform package unveiled earlier this month that allows the release of convicts who are charged for less than five years imprisonment, his lawyer Mahsuni Karaman said.

Zeydan was sharing his prison cell with the former co-chair of the Party, Selahattin Demirtaş, both were arrested in November 2016 and have been held since then on various charges related to his alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that has fought the Turkish state for Kurdish self-rule for decades.

Istanbul 26th Heavy Penal Court on Thursday ruled for the release of Demirtaş in a case that he was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison, however, a separate case against him keeps him imprisoned.