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Turkey's Jailed Kurd Leader Hospitalised After Collapse


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Mon, 02 Dec 2019 20:23 GMT

Turkey's jailed pro-Kurdish politician, Selahattin Demirtas, was admitted to hospital on Monday December 2nd for tests, after collapsing and losing consciousness in his cell last week, local officials said.

Demirtas's sister had criticised the authorities for waiting for almost a week until they agreed to take her brother to the hospital for full checks, after he received emergency treatment in prison for breathing problems and chest pains, has reported.

He was being taken for detailed examinations at a local hospital, the prosecutor's office in Edirne in northwest Turkey, where he is being held, later confirmed.

Selahattin Demirtas, who founded and led the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), was been put in prison in November 2016, over alleged ties to Kurdish militants and terrorism-related charges, according to AFP

If convicted, Demirtas faces 142 years in prison. The European Court of Human Rights last year called for his release, saying the case was politically motivated.

Nicknamed the "Kurdish Obama", the charismatic politician was detained in the crackdown under the state of emergency that followed a failed coup in July 2016.