HDP members begin ‘justice watch’ outside Ankara court
Turkey pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on Tuesday began a “conscience and justice watch” in front of the Constitutional Court in Ankara to protest unfair treatment of detained party members.

Members of the HDP demanded the start of a delayed trial process for the party’s jailed co-chair Selahattin Demirtas and former co-chair Figen Yuksekdag.

HDP spokesperson Osman Baydemir told reporters outside the court that Demirtas’ trial has not been held despite the co-chair being in prison for over 300 days, Kurdistan 24 reported.

Baydemir added the HDP officials were “illegally held hostage upon the order of the government.”

 “The will of 6.5 million people [who voted for the HDP] and their right to vote and stand for election have been seized unconstitutionally,” the spokesperson added.

Baydemir was accompanied outside the court by HDP Deputy Group Chair Ahmet Yildirim and MPs Dirayet Tasdemir, Meral Danis Bestas, and Garo Paylan.

 “We are here today to end this seizure and injustice,” the HDP spokesperson added.

The Turkish government has been cracking down on the press and pro-Kurdish parties since a failed military coup last July.

The number of HDP members arrested in the aftermath of the coup attempt was 7,432 of which 2,345 were put in jail, according to the party’s website.

Since last year, Demirtas and Yuksekdag, along with 10 other lawmakers, have been detained without a trial.

 “Late justice is not justice,” Baydemir stated. “Delaying justice amounts to intervening in the judiciary.”

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 16923  |  Date: 2017/09/06  |  Time: 10 : 38

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