A Turkish court accepts new indictment against Kurdish politicians despite ECHR ruling

A Turkish court accepted an indictment prepared within the scope of the so called “Kobane investigation” launched against 108 Kurdish politicians.

In the indictment, which includes former co-leaders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtaş, who are already imprisoned, the politicians face further heavy sentences for allegedly “violating the unity of the state” according to the charge.

Last month the The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Grand Chamber decided that former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş should be released without delay. While the European court’s decisions are binding, Turkey has ignored several of it’s recent rulings. The European Court of Human Rights decided that the continued detention of the Kurdish politician on such similar grounds would amount to a “prolongation of the violation of his human rights.”

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