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Trial on terror charges of pro-Kurdish Party leader starts in Turkey

Trial on terror charges of pro-Kurdish Party leader starts in Turkey

The trial of Kurdish opposition party leader Selahattin Demirtas has started in Ankara.

During the first hearing of the case, opened on charges of leading a terrorist organization, Demirtaş failed to appear before the court as he refused to give his defense through the voice and video informatics system (SEGBIS).

Supporters of the jailed Kurdish leader gathered outside Ankara's Sincan prison, where the Kurdish leader's trial began Thursday. The party has previously accused the Justice Ministry of preventing any court appearances by Demirtas, who was considered one of the president's major rivals, with oratory skills matching Recep Tayyip Erdogan, AFP said.

Lawyers say there are a total of 31 different summaries of proceedings included in the case, including a number of speeches Demirtaş delivered on separate occasions.

Demirtas was arrested past year as the government launched a crackdown following a failed coup attempt, which critics say has been expanded to target all government opponents.

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In the past year, more than 11,000 HDP officials have been detained, including dozens of elected mayors and nine parliamentary deputies.

"In general, we do not see any evidence of criminal activity".

The government alleges the HDP, which remains legal, has links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), an armed group.

Demirtas denies all charges against him.


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