The attorneys of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) former Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş have submitted an application for his release, referring to the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), which has ruled that all necessary measures shall be taken to put an end to Selahattin Demirtaş's pre-trial detention since November 4, 2016.
In its judgement dated November 20, it was emphasized that the detention of Demirtaş "pursued the predominant ulterior purpose of stifling pluralism and limiting the freedom of political debate".
The court also underlined that "any continuation of the applicant's pre-trial detention" will entail a prolongation of the stated violations and "a breach of the obligations on Turkey to abide by the Court's judgment in accordance with Article 46 § 1 of the Convention."
The petition which was submitted shortly after the announcement of the judgement of the ECtHR was signed by attorneys Mahsuni Karaman, Aygül Demirtaş Gökalp, Benan Molu, Reyhan Yalçındağ, Ramazan Demir, Sertaç Buluttekin, Murat Arksak, Aydın Erdoğan.
In the petition, it has been emphasized that the ECtHR has ruled that Selahattin Demirtaş has been arrested with political motivations and it is the first time that the court has ruled that Turkey has violated the Article 18 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The petition requesting the release of Selahattin Demirtaş has been submitted to the Ankara 19th Heavy Penal Court. (AS/SD)