Monday, 10 Dec 2018

Turkey. Maintaining the condemnation of a Kurdish politician for his speech

ISTANBUL – A Turkish appeals court upheld the conviction of the former head of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party for terrorist propaganda.

The official Turkish news agency Anadolu said Tuesday that the appeals court had voted unanimously to finalize the verdict in September against Selahattin Demirtas. The former co-chairman of the People's Democratic Party was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison for a 2013 speech that, according to the court, supported illegal Kurdish activists.

Last month, the European Court of Human Rights declared that Turkey had violated Demirtas' right to a speedy trial and free elections and had ordered Turkey to release him after more than two years of custody. A Turkish court rejected his request for release.

The conviction of former legislator Sirri Sureyya Onder for the same charge and a three-year prison sentence were also confirmed.

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