Turkish prosecutors have prepared a fresh indictment against former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş over his remarks about Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor Yüksel Kocaman during a hearing in January. The fresh indictment came after Demirtaş criticized Kocaman over his visit to the Presidential Palace, saying that the prosecutor's close relationship with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan did not mean he would not be facing prosecution in the future.
An Ankara court has ruled for the continuation of imprisonment of former HDP co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ on charges related to 2014 Kobane riots. The Kobane investigation was launched in 2014 and reopened in 2019, and has failed to produce an indictment for Demirtaş and Yüksekdağ since. Lawyer Levent Kanat has said that new charges were brought against the politicians over the same incident to make sure that they remain in prison.
Former HDP co-chair Demirtaş has dismissed the claims that he is planning to found a new party. “The HDP is not just a party for me. The HDP is my soul. We should laugh away such lies,” Demirtaş said in a message shared by his wife Başak Demirtaş.
Main opposition CHP chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş is behind bars because he said in 2015 that the HDP would not let Erdoğan become president, whereas renowned activist Osman Kavala is imprisoned because “Erdoğan wants it so.” “Those who are kept imprisoned in an unjust way will always wear their served prison time as a badge of honor on their chest,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.
Ruling AKP deputy Tamer Akkal on Sept. 2 tweeted an insulting message targeting former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş and his two daughters, a day after the jailed Kurdish politician's wife said Demirtaş has not been allowed to see both of his children together since the outbreak of the COVID-19. After Akkal's tweet has received widespread criticism, he claimed that one of his advisers had published the content “accidentally” via his official account.
Former HDP co-chair Selahattin has said in a letter that neither Turkish nor Kurdish identity is something to brag about. "If you are to hang an identity around your neck, let it just read 'only human,'" read Demirtaş's letter, which was shared by his wife Başak Demirtaş.
Former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said that "a secret organization within the state brings its agenda into action step by step via planned operations." "We need to state what has been going on in the country properly. The constitutional order is being changed and an authoritarian regime is being constructed. This is not carried out through open political methods only," Demirtaş said.
An Ankara court on July 27 undertook a review of the case launched against former HDP co-chairs Demirtaş and Yüksekdağ over their alleged incitement of violence during the Kobani protests in 2014. The court ruled against the release of the two politicians on the grounds of “the investigation not having been completed" and "the risk of spoliation of evidence."
Lawyers have fled a complaint with Turkey's judicial board HSK against a prosecutor for deeming sending regards to former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş as a proof of “terrorist organization membership.” In a phone call with his lawyers, jailed former DBP chair Mehmet Arslan asked them to send many greetings to Demiraş as well as two other jaled former HDP MPs, Abdullah Zeydan and Sebahat Tuncel.
Jailed former HDP co-chair Demirtaş has advised opposition parties to expand their discourse beyond anti-AKP rhetoric, saying: "The time is no longer speaking about the AKP, but the future." Demirtaş has also advised all opposition parties to partake in the same events such as forums, panel discussions and conferences and address Turkey's problems there.
Ankara court rejects former HDP co-chair Demirtaş’s appeal for release despite Constitutional Court’s ruling
The Ankara 19th Heavy Penal Court has rejected a request for release filed by former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş. The Ankara court said that the Constitutional Court’s call for Demirtaş's release in June pertains to a separate investigation against the politician.
Former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş's wife Başak Demirtaş has slammed the Turkish authorities for refusing to let the renowned politician to stand trial without arrest. A ruling issued by the prosecutors said that Demirtaş was a "flight risk" and evidence against him could not have been still gathered -- despite him being in jail for over three years now.
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.
Jailed former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said that the party's call for a "democracy alliance" has been misunderstood as an invitation for an election alliance. "The HDP's call for a democracy alliance is not for an election cooperation, but is a joint wisdom call to create a bright future centered around democracy principles,” Demirtaş said.
Former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş released a message on the seventh year anniversary of the Gezi Park protests, saying: “Gezi Resistance is not over, is continuing and we will definitely win it.”