Turkey court upholds conviction of prominent jailed Kurdish leader

Source:Euractiv Date:06Dec2018

The decision, which was announced on Twitter by his lawyer Mahsuni Karaman, follows a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on 20 November that called on Turkey to release Demirtaş.

Karaman said the European ruling had given Turkish authorities an opportunity to “easily rule to release (Demirtaş) in the case where he remains under arrest and say, ‘look we followed the ECHR decision’.

“But Demirtaş will remain a hostage as the conviction to four years and eight months is confirmed.”