Selahattin Demirtaş

Ex-opposition party head sentenced to three years

A former co-chair of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HPD) was sentenced to three-and-half years in prison on March 22 for insulting the Turkish president.

Selahattin Demirtaş, who attended the hearing at Istanbul's Bakırköy 46th Criminal Court of First Instance via video link, incurred the sentence for publicly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Nationalist party leader calls on high court to file closure case against HDP

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Chair Devlet Bahçeli has asked the Supreme Court of Appeals' Chief Public Prosecutor's Office to file a closure case against the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), based on the indictment of the Oct. 6-8 Kobane protests accepted by the Ankara 22nd Heavy Penal Court.

Erdoğan slams opposition parties for backing European court’s Demirtaş verdict

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reiterated his criticism of a verdict by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that urges Turkey for the immediate release of Selahattin Demirtaş, former co-leader of the People's Democratic Party (HDP), stating that the court's decision is not in line with its other rulings for other countries.

Local court rejects appeal for the release of former HDP co-chair Demirtaş

An appeal for the release of former Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, which is filed by his lawyers after the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that objected to the politician's detention, was rejected by Ankara 7th Criminal Court of Peace on Dec. 26.