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Kurdish Leader in Court as Turkish Judiciary's Independence Again Questioned

The jailed head of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition appeared in court for the first time Friday since his arrest 14 months ago in a crackdown that followed a failed coup in 2016. Hundreds gathered outside the Istanbul courthouse, chanting slogans in support of Selahattin Demirtas.

The People's Democratic Party leader, who faces charges in 20 separate cases, was in court for "insulting the president." When asked to provide an address, Demirtas simply replied, "Turkish parliament."

Demirtas, a lawyer by training, challenged the court's jurisdiction in trying him and called for the case to...


Published By: Africa.. - Friday, 12 January

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