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.
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has met a delegation of the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) led by co-chair Mithat Sancar to discuss a wide range of issues regarding Turkey, including the opposition's efforts to shift back to the parliamentary system.
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.
Turkish prosecutors on Dec. 30 prepared an indictment against 108 suspects including former co-chairs of the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) as part of a probe into deadly terror attacks in 2014.
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.