HDP co-chair Demirtaş’s lawyers apply for release

Lawyers of the former co-leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş, filed on Tuesday the release application documents to the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ankara, local Turkish press reported.

It came days after Turkey’s Constitutional Court (AYM) ruled that the lengthy imprisonment of Demirtaş violated his rights to freedom on June 19.

Demirtaş’s legal ordeal began on November 4, 2016, when the HDP co-chair and 12 other HDP parliamentary deputies were arrested, with prosecutors alleging they had links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an outlawed militant group that has fought for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey since 1984.

He faces a sentence of up to 142 years in jail if found guilty in the main case against him.