Turkish court rules to keep Selahattin Demirtas in jail

Turkish court rules to keep Selahattin Demirtas in jail

A Turkish court has ruled that the former leader of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition Selahattin Demirtas remain in prison, his lawyer said on Twitter, after top EU officials last week called for the politician’s swift release.

Ten days ago the European Court of Human Rights urged Turkey to swiftly process Demirtas’ legal case, saying his pre-trial detention had gone on longer than could be justified, Reuters recalled.

EU Foreign Affairs Chief Federica Mogherini also called for his release during a visit to Ankara last week.

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