Hearings of the legal case against HDP’s former co – chair Mr. Selahattin Demirtaş (December 12, 2018 )

HDP’s former co-chair Mr.Selahattin Demirtaş was arrested on 4 November 2016 together with co-chair Ms.Figen Yüksekdağ and seven other MPs.
Mr.Demirtaş has been in Edirne F Type Prison since his arrest.
The sixth hearing of the main legal case for which Mr. Demirtaş has been under pre-trial detention will be held on December 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Sincan F Type Prison Campus in Ankara.
This case of Mr. Demirtaş consists of the merging of 31 summary proceedings, each having separate criminal charges. All of these files consist of press statements and speeches that Mr. Demirtaş had made as a politician between 2016 and 2017.
The indictment prepared for Mr. Selahattin Demirtaş accuses him with the following charges: Establishing or administering an armed terrorist organization, making propaganda of a terrorist organization, praising a crime or criminal, inciting people to hatred and enmity, inciting people to commit crime, inciting people to violate the law, organizing and participating in meetings and marches in violation of the law on protest and assembly. The prosecution
has asked for the sentencing of Mr. Demirtaş up to142 years in prison.
This case of HDP’s former co-chair is surely of utmost importance for the political future of Turkey.
We would like to invite you to observe the case to make it clear that the international community is keenly following and deeply concerned with the destruction of democratic politics in the country. Observing the hearing will provide you with the opportunity to bear witness to the political and arbitrary use of the law to silence democratic opposition,
suspension of the rule of law, and destruction of separation of powers.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need assistance for the necessary arrangements to observe the hearings.
Hisyar Ozsoy
Deputy Chair of HDP Responsible for Foreign Affairs
Member of Parliament