HDP co-chair Pervin Buldan has called on Future Party leader and former prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to "speak the truth" about October 2014 Kobane protests a day after 20 HDP members were detained. "Now is the time to speak the truth. I think it's important for people who were in the government at the time and who know what unfolded to speak," Buldan said.
Turkish police on Sept. 25 detained some 20 HDP members, including Kars Co-Mayor Ayhan Bilgen, over 2014 violent protests against the siege by ISIS of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane. Detention warrants were issued for a total of 82 people in seven provinces. Those sought were in the MYK of the party at the time of the protests.
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said that former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş will carry the indictments into him as medals, as he commented on a recent visit by a chief public prosecutor to the presidential palace. "We know that there are prosecutors lined up in front of Erdoğan," the CHP leader said.
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 co-chair of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş warned former prosecutor Yüksel Kocaman that his close relationship with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan didn't mean he wouldn't be facing prosecution in the future. Prosecutor Yüksel Kocaman visited the president immediately after his wedding and accepted gifts.
Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor Yüksel Kocaman who has been slammed for delaying writing the indictment into former Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş visited President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the presidential palace after his wedding. Kocaman has been staunchly against releasing Demirtaş, who was jailed on Nov. 4, 2016 on charges related to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Former HDP co-chair Demirtaş’s wife quits teaching job as COVID-19 prison visitation schedule hinders work
Wife of former of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, Başak Demirtaş has announced that she quit her job as a teacher two weeks ago. Noting the difficulty of scheduling visits to her husband in Edirne Prison, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, Demirtaş said that she couldn't have performed well at work under these circumstances.
Davutoğlu says he is open for dialogue with Demirtaş following his call for unity among opposition parties
Opposition politicians have continued to respond to former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş's remarks on unity among the opposition, with Future Party leader Ahmet Davutoğlu leaving the door open for dialogue. "In principle, I find it appropriate to talk to anyone who believes in democracy and who distanced themselves from terror for the future of this country," Davutoğlu told daily Sözcü on Sept. 15.
The ECHR has defended its president's controversial visit to Turkey by saying that it was "standard practice" for court presidents to meet the political and judicial authorities of member states of the Council of Europe. According to the ECHR, Spano had accepted the invitation to “convey a very important message” that those in power cannot control the courts and that judgments by the ECHR must be “respected and enforced."
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.
I think this is the perfect timing for an effective Greens Party in Turkey. It would be the ultimate appeal for the “Generation Z”. A leader of the Green Party that will get 3-4 percent of votes in the first round of presidential election might negotiate to become the Minister of Environment in the second round of the election.
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 Demirtaş hasn't been allowed to see his daughters in prison since the start of the pandemic, his wife said on Sept. 1. The renowned politician was barred from meeting with his daughters under the pretense of pandemic precautions, despite all safety measures being in place, Başak Demirtaş said.