The Turkish authorities arrested former HDP co-chair Salahuddin Demirtaş in early October 2016 with former party co-chair Vigen Yuksekdag, in addition to 13 party representatives, under the pretext of cooperation with the PKK.
The Turkish court ruled to imprison Saladin Demirtaş for a period of four years and eight months without trial, facing prison sentences under the guise of “terrorism” upon being imprisoned for 142 years if convicted of his main charge.
On December 22, the European Court of Human Rights condemned the arrest of the former HDP co-chair by the Turkish authorities, calling for his immediate release, and the court ordered Turkey to pay Demirtas financial compensation of 60,400. euros, and the court also said that Turkey’s justifications for its four-year arrest on terrorism-related charges, which are nothing more than a veil, through which the authorities seek to limit pluralism and democratic debate in the country.
In this context, lawyers from the canton of al-Shahba spoke with our agency, asking the international community to hold the Turkish state accountable for its failure to comply with the letters and decisions issued by the European Court of Human Rights to immediately release Saladin Demirtaş.
Lawyer Roshin Mustafa said: “The arrest of former HDP co-chair Salah al-Din Demirtaş is nothing new or strange about the Turkish state’s policies based on racism that cannot be accepted without a flag, a religion and a nation. “.
Lawyer Roshin explained that “the fascist Turkish authorities led by the Justice and Development Party seek, keeping Demirtaş in prison for 142 years, to eliminate his opponents after the failed coup of 2016, using these facts to silence the peoples asking for freedom and demanding their rights. “
Roshin confirmed that Saladin Demirtaş’s survival in custody and his face with prison terms constitute a flagrant violation of human rights.
Lawyer Roshin Mustafa emphasized that the international community “must be fully aware that the Turkish state has become a rogue state in accordance with international law and does not respect international provisions, statutes and covenants related to human rights and freedom. expression”.
For his part, the co-president of the Lawyers’ Union in the Afrin region, Gabriel Mustafa, indicated that the intransigence of the Turkish state in not releasing Saladin Demirtaş and the failure to comply with the decision issued by the European Court “indicates that there is no justice and an independent judiciary in Turkey, but has become a political judiciary. “
Mustafa stressed that the implementation of the European Court’s decision to immediately release Demirtaş by the Turkish state would pave the way for Turkey to release thousands of political detainees in Turkish jails.
Lawyer Gabriel Mustafa affirmed that the arrest of democratic politicians by the Turkish fascist authorities and the recent ruling against Turkish policy Leila Guven, Turkish Member of Parliament for the HDP, expresses the scope of the dictatorship of the Turkish state and the exploitation of the AKP. of the judicial power and confining it in his hand “.
The co-chair of the Lawyers’ Union called on the international community to force Turkey to implement the decision issued by the European Court and release Saladin Demirtaş, and to hold the Turkish state responsible for not respecting international covenants and covenants related to rights humans and freedom of expression.