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Pro-Kurdish opposition leader's trial opens in Turkey


REUTERS
ANKARA
The jailed leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition was remanded in prison for at least two more months on Thursday at the opening of his trial on terrorism-related charges.
Selahattin Demirtas, the co-leader of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) who has already been in detention more than a year, was not allowed to appear in court for security reasons and refused to take part via video link.
The former human rights lawyer faces up to 142 years in prison in a case closely watched by rights groups and Western governments. The judge ruled he should be kept in detention until the next hearing on February 14.
"This trial bears all the hallmarks of a theatre play. It's clear that this case was brought on orders. We demand an immediate end to this injustice," HDP quoted one of Demirtas' lawyers as telling the court.
The court ruled that Demirtas be kept in jail, in line with the prosecutor's demand.

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