Demirtaş’s lawyers apply for parole after latest court ruling

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Lawyers for jailed Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtaş have applied for parole for a prior conviction that prevented Demirtaş from leaving prison after an Ankara court rejected a prosecutor’s appeal against last Monday’s ruling to release Demirtaş in another trial, the Mezopotamya news agency reported.

The lawyers made the application on Tuesday evening at the İstanbul 26th High Criminal Court after they met with Demirtaş in Edirne Prison, where he has been jailed since November 2016.

Last Monday judges unanimously decided in favor of Demirtaş’s release despite a demand by the prosecutor for the continuation of his detention. However, he was not allowed to leave prison due to a sentence of four years, eight months previously handed down to him for disseminating terrorist propaganda.

Demirtaş, the former co-chair of the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), was detained on charges of terrorism in November 2016 along with Figen Yüksekdağ, the other co-chair of the party.

On Sept. 18 the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) will hear a case against Turkey upon the application of Demirtaş’s lawyers.

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