Upcoming Hearings of Mr. Selahattin Demirtaş in Ankara and Istanbul

Istanbul Anadolu 34th Penal Court of First Instance (İstanbul Anadolu 34. Asliye Ceza Mahkemesi)

The hearing will be held on February 23, 2017 at 11:05 am. Mr. Demirtaş will attend the hearing through video call from Edirne F Type Prison.

Our Co-chair is charged with “Inciting the people hatred and enmity”. The charge is based on his speech at the electoral rally in Istanbul on June 7, 2015.

In the headline of the daily newspaper Star dated 6 June 2015, the title was “Crusader Alliance”.

The subtitle read:

“HDP vote goes to Crusader Alliance”. In his speech, Mr. Demirtaş criticized the Star daily, arguing that it had biased, insulting and unethical concept of broadcasting during electoral process. While it is clear that the speech can be assessed in the context of freedom of expression, Mr. Demirtaş is accused of inciting the people hatred and hostility.

Ankara 25th Penal Court of First Instance (Ankara 25. Asliye Ceza Mahkemesi)

The hearing will be held on March 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Mr. Demirtaş will attend the hearing through video call from Edirne F Type Prison.

Our Co-chair is charged with “insulting the Turkish nation, the Republic of Turkey, and the institutions of the State.” The charge is based on a speech he delivered on Med Nuçe TV on 10.10.2015.

Ankara 10th Penal Court of First Instance (Ankara 10. Asliye Ceza Mahkemesi)

The hearing will be held on March 23, 2017 at 10:30 am. Mr.  Demirtaş will attend the hearing through video call from Edirne F Type Prison.

The charge is based on the statements of Mr. Demirtaş on May 18, 2015, claiming that a team of three thousand and five hundred people headed by Süleyman Soylu, then deputy chair of AKP,were conducting simulation and electoral tricks in order to keep HDP under the national election bar.

The following statement of Mr. Demirtaş was considered as crime: “

They are preparing their way by touring provinces. AKP Headquarters also has its own teams. I do not say that as speculative information. Everyone in this team is trained about where and what to do and how tricks can be done.” Mr. Demirtaş is charged with “insulting Süleyman Soylu”.

Mr. Selahattin Demirtaş will also have hearings on February 27, 2017 in Istanbul 47th Penal Court of First Instance and on March 7, 2017 in Ankara 29th Penal Court of First Instance.,

We will inform you when we receive the details of the charges as soon as possible.