Demirtaş's rights were violated with lengthy imprisonment, Turkey's top court rules
Turkey's Constitutional Court has ruled that the former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş's lengthy imprisonment breaches the Constitution as it exceeds the "reasonable duration." Lawyers however have said that Demirtaş will not be released as another case against him keeps the former HDP co-chair imprisoned.
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Turkey's Constitutional Court early on June 19 ruled that rights of former Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş were violated, saying that the politician's lengthy imprisonment breaches the Constitution as it exceeds the "reasonable duration."
The top court also ordered the state to pay 50,000 Turkish Liras ($7,289) in compensation to Demirtaş. It sent a copy of the decision to the Justice Ministry and Ankara 19th Heavy Penal Court.
Lawyers however have said that Demirtaş will not be released due to another ongoing case against the former HDP co-chair.
The Ankara 19th Heavy Penal Court had already on Sept. 2, 2019 ruled for Demirtaş's release in the case for which the Constitution Court said there has been a "violation" of rights.Court denies emergency release of former HDP co-chair Demirtaş amid coronavirus pandemic
The Ankara court's ruling had come following the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)'s several calls to Turkey to release Demirtaş.
Once the Ankara court ruled that Demirtaş should be freed pending trial, prosecutors then launched a new investigation into the politician and requested his arrest once again before he could be freed.
Benan Molu, one of the lawyers of Demirtaş, said that the politician will remain behind bars in the high security prison of Edirne despite the Constitutional Court ruling.
"The Constitutional Court ruled that Selahattin Demirtaş's imprisonment between Nov. 4, 2016 - Sept. 2, 2019 has exceeded the reasonable duration," Molu said on Twitter.
"On the day that he was released, Demirtaş was re-arrested within the context of an investigation, in which he was not a suspect, so this ruling does not secure his release," she said.
Demirtaş, serbest bırakıldığı gün şüphelisi olmadığı bir soruşturma kapsamında tekrar tutuklandığı için bu karar tahliyesini sağlamıyor. İHAM'ın ihlal kararının etkisiyle AYM, tutukluluğun hukukiliğiyle ilgili başvuruda görmezden geldiği noktalara dayanarak vermiş ihlal kararını.— Benan Molu (@BenanMolu) June 18, 2020
Demirtaş, one of Turkey’s best-known politicians, has been in jail since Nov. 4, 2016 while on trial for a string of terrorism-related charges.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) accuses Demirtaş and the HDP of links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Both Demirtaş and the HDP have denied the accusations of being linked to the PKK, designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and United States.Prison administration censors former HDP co-chair Demirtaş's letters