Pro-Kurdish pres. candidate applying to ECHR over violation of right to free elections

Jailed pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş is applying the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over the violation of his right to free election in Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary elections, independent news site Diken reported.

Demirtaş, who has been jailed since Nov. 2016 on a string of terrorism-related charges, conducted his presidential campaign from behind bars.

Demirtaş’s request for release for release to campaign for the Jun. 24 elections has been rejected by both local and the Constitutional courts. The 44-year-old candidate’s lawer, Mahsuni Karaman announced that Demirtaş will be taking the matter to the ECHR.

Demirtaş’s HDP overcame the 10 percent threshold to make it into parliament while the former HDP co-chair came in third place in the presidential race with 8.4 percent of the votes, according to state-run Anadolu News Agency.