Supporters of imprisoned Selahattin Demirtas, then presidential candidate of People's Democratic Party (HDP), hold party flags in Istanbul on June 17, 2018. Photo: Yasin Akgul | AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — A European court ruled on Tuesday that Turkey's pre-trial detention of Selahattin Demirtas is not necessary, and Ankara has registered several instances of human rights violations in his case.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg delivered judgments on 14 reasons the Demirtas case has been mishandled.
Chiefly they judged the case of Demirtas has not been reviewed speedily and the evidence presented by the judiciary did not warrant his arrest.
The court "holds, unanimously, that the respondent State is to take all necessary measures to put an end to the applicant’s pre-trial detention..."
The court heard 292 issues related to Demirtas' arrest and period in jail under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
"The ECoHR decision on Demirtas was warmly welcomed by HDP's female MPs in the parliament," tweeted the HDP.
"Measures shall be taken immedietely and Demirtas and all the elected shall be released," added the party.
The court also ruled that his lawyer should be reimbursed by the Republic of Turkey for costs incurred by the defense team.
"Let's see the decision. The judicial authority will decide on this issue," Anadolu Agency quoted Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul as saying.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan downplayed the European ruling while speaking to party members in Ankara.
"The decision made by the ECoHR does not bind us. We will make our countermove and finish the work," he said, according to Anadolu Agency.
Demirtas, former co-chair of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey, has been detained for more than two years on terror-related charges, which he denies.
Update: 2:35 p.m.