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Prison sentences for HDP’s Demirtas and Onder approved

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:45 pm

European Court of Human Rights on Selahattin Demirtaş

Responding to today’s ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that Turkey’s repeated extensions to the pre-trial detention of opposition leader Selahattin Demirtaş, were politically motivated and violated Articles 5(3) and 18 of the European Convention on Human Rights and were “stifling pluralism and freedom of political debate”, Turkey Strategy and Research Manager, Andrew Gardner said:

“This ruling by Europe's top human rights court should have far-reaching implications within the country where civil society actors are routinely remanded in prolonged pre-trial detention under trumped up charges. It exposes the pernicious and undue influence of politics in Turkey’s broken judicial system, in which the peaceful expression of opinions and political dissent are punished through the courts.


“As a member state of the Council of Europe, Turkey is bound by the Court’s rulings. The authorities must implement the Court’s decision and immediately release Selahattin Demirtaş from his prolonged and unlawful pre-trial detention.”

Background:

This judgement is the first ever finding of a violation of Article 18 (limitation on use of restrictions on rights) against Turkey. The Court made this finding in conjunction with its finding that Turkey violated Article 5(3) of the Convention (right to be tried within a reasonable time).

Selahattin Demirtaş, the former co-chair of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has been held in pre-trial detention for more than two years.

The Court’s ruling establish that extensions to Selahattin Demirtaş’ pre-trial detention were not only wrong but pursued with the purpose of stifling pluralism and limiting freedom of political debate, a first in a case against Turkey.

The Court ordered the Turkish government to “take all necessary measures to put an end to the applicant’s pre-trial detention” at the earliest possible date and considered that “any continuation of Mr Demirtaş’s pre-trial detention would entail a prolongation of the violation of Article 5(3) and Article 18 of the Convention and a breach of the obligations on respondent States to abide by the Court’s judgment.”

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Re: European Court of Human Rights on Selahattin Demirtaş

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:39 pm

Prison sentences for HDP’s Demirtas approved

Turkish judiciary has rapidly approved prison sentences for HDP former co-chair Selahattin Demirtas and former MP Sırrı Sureyya Onder after the ECHR verdict for Demirtas’ release

Istanbul 26th Heavy Penal Court had sentenced HDP former co-chair Selahattin Demirtas to 4 years and 8 months, and former MP Sırrı Sureyya Onder to 3 years and 6 months in prison. Both politicians, who are accused of “spreading propaganda for an armed terrorist organisation”, filed an objection to the sentences.

Istanbul Regional Courts of Justice 2nd Penal Chamber has approved the prison sentences for both Demirtas and Onder on Tuesday.

The court decision came after the European Court of Human Rights ruled for the termination of Demirtas’ pre-trial detention due to a violation of his rights.
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