ERBIL — Co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş, will appear in court on Thursday for the first time on the allegations for which he has been put behind bars for one year.

Demirtaş was arrested last year on 4th November on “terror” charges as part of an investigation carried out by the Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

In a statement earlier today, HDP said over 1,250 lawyers are defending Demirtaş, while the court has provided them with a room which holds 20 people only.

“The allocated courtroom is one that violates the right to defense. The number of lawyers who will defend Demirtaş is over 1,250. With the allocation, the interference of the lawyers in the case is trying to be prevented,” HDP lawmaker Ayşe Acar Başaran said in a statement released on Dec. 6, adding that the cases and investigations into the co-chair are “clear examples of the politicization of the judiciary”, as reported by Harriyet Daily News.

Selahattin Demirtaş will give his defense through the voice and video informatics system in the hearing to be held at the Sincan Prison Complex in Ankara.


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