A trial against the imprisoned leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party on terror charges has opened in the Turkish capital.
Hasip Kaplan a former parliamentary deputy of Demirtas's HDP party, speaking outside the prison, voiced anger over the handling of the hearing.
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According to Ayhan Bilgen, an HDP spokesperson, Demirtas was not allowed to attend the trial in person and he then refused to connect to the courtroom via a televised link. The court judges also refused to allow global and local observers to attend the hearing.
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.
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Demirtas is a staunch critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Senior researcher Emma Sinclair Webb of the USA based Human Rights Watch says the case is alarming.
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The Kurdish leader is also a defendant in other trials, and various prosecutors are calling for hundreds of years of prison time.(ANSAmed). He faces up to 142 years in prison if convicted of links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), an organization outlawed by Turkey and its Western allies. Demirtaş rejected the ruling, underling that he wants "face-to-face" trial.