Turkish election body rules against jailed presidential candidate

Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) has ruled that a Kurdish candidate for the Turkish presidency cannot phone in to a talk programme from jail, opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said.

Selahattin Demirtaş was planning to use his weekly right to a 10-minute phone call to call in to Fox TV and take part in its election programme Leaders on Fox.

However, his request was rejected on the basis that this was an internal Justice Ministry decision the YSK could not interfere with, even if it might affect the ongoing election.

Demirtaş has been in pretrial detention since November 2016, and if convicted, he could face a 142-year prison sentence.