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Erdogan blasts European court's ruling on jailed Kurdish leader

The European Court of Human Rights said the imprisonment of Selahattin Demirtas had violated his basic rights.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday took aim at Europe’s top human rights court, which called on Turkey this week to immediately release from prison a prominent Kurdish politician accused of supporting terrorism. 

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that Turkey’s four-year-long imprisonment of Selahattin Demirtas, the former co-leader of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party, had violated the politician’s basic rights and was “cover for an ulterior political purpose.” 

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