Turkey has refused to release former head of the Pro-Kurdish party by the decision of the ECHR

© RIA Novosti / Alena Palaschenkove Ankara. Archival photoTurkey has refused to release former head of the Pro-Kurdish party by the decision of the ECHR© RIA Novosti / Alain Palazhchenko

The Turkish court refused to release former co-chair of the Pro-Kurdish democracy Party peoples Selahattin Demirtaş, as urged by the European court of human rights (ECHR) on Friday, reports Anadolu Agency.

Earlier, the European court on human rights recognized the violation of the extension of pre-trial detention Demirtaş and demanded from the Turkish authorities to pay him compensation of 25 thousand euros. After President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that this decision has no power in his country, accusing the ECHR of supporting terrorism.

It is reported that the court rejected the appeal of lawyers Demirtaş, in which they asked to release him on the basis of the ECHR decision.

In November 2016, the Turkish authorities arrested 10 members of the PD, including Demirtaş, and other co-chairs of the party — Figen Yuksekdag. They are accused of having links with the outlawed Turkey «Kurdistan workers ‘party» (PKK). The deputies themselves deny these allegations.

Demirtas stood as a candidate in Turkey’s presidential elections on last June’s presidential election and gained 8.4% of votes. In September, he was sentenced by the court of Istanbul to 4 years and 8 months in prison on charges of terrorist propaganda.

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