Turkish court rejects Demirtaş release despite European rights court verdict

A Turkish on Friday court rejected an appeal to release jailed Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtaş, following a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling that said he should be freed, news website Artı Gerçek said

Europe’s top human rights court ruled last week that Turkey sought to limit democratic freedoms and political debate by interning Demirtaş, who was arrested in November 2016 on terrorism charges, and ordered his release. Turkey is part of the Council of Europe and member states agree to follow rulings of the ECHR.

But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said his country was not bound by ECHR decisions and said it would take counter actions. 

The Ankara court adjourned on Friday and ruled that Demirtaş would remain in prison.