Demirtaş and Yüksekdağ to remain in detention after review

The court has ruled for the continued detention of former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chairs Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtaş, after a review of their arrests.

The review was carried as part of the investigation into the Kobanî protests, which was launched on 20 September 2019. Ankara’s Prosecutor’s Office demanded the review and Ankara’s Second Criminal Court of Peace ruled for the continuation of detention.

The court’s justification for the decision ran as follows:

“The continued detention was decided after considering the nature of the accusations against the arrested suspects, Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtaş”.

“Strong doubts and the possibility of tampering with evidence” were also mentioned in the justification.

Ankara Prosecutor’s Office launched the investigation regarding the 6-8 October Kobanî protests on 20 September 2019. Demirtaş and Yüksekdağ were arrested according to the decision of Ankara’s First Criminal Court of Peace.

Another detention operation relating to the protests was launched by Ankara’s Prosecutor’s Office on 27 September. Twenty-two people have been arrested so far.

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