December 7, 2017 / 3:10 PM / 10 months ago

Turkish court remands pro-Kurdish co-leader in jail until February - party

ANKARA (Reuters) - The co-leader of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) was remanded in jail on Thursday until the next hearing in his trial in February, his party said.

Supporters of Selahattin Demirtas, the jailed leader of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), wait in front of a court house as he went on trial, 13 months after his arrest on terrorism-related charges, in Ankara, Turkey, December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Selahattin Demirtas, who has already been in detention since his arrest 13 months ago, was not allowed to appear in court for security reasons and refused to take part via video link. He faces up to 142 years in prison on terrorism-related charges.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Dominic Evans

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