The second hearing of the main case against our former co-chair Selahattin #Demirtaş is being held today in Ankara/Sincan prison court. Some spots from his defense statement as follows:
[Showing the headlines about himself to the panel of judges] If they had published the same number of reports to say "Demirtaş is an alien", by now, half of Turkey would have been convinced that I'm an alien.
Over the last 1.5 years, more than 3 thousand HDP members have been arrested. So, did the HDP make an instant decision to commit crimes? No, but the government had to criminalize the HDP to make the constitutional amendment that lifted our immunities, so they arrested us in an improper way.
So far, I haven't had the slightest impression that I will receive a fair trial. You, the panel of judges, have not, so far, spoken out against this disgrace in terms of legal standards. Nevertheless, we will continue to work for the democratization of this country, whether we are in prison or not.
14 February 2018