A man holds a picture of Pro Kurdish leadr Selahattin Demirtas as people gather outside Bakirkoy courthouse in Istanbul on January 12, 2018 in support of the jailed co-chair of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP). (AFP / OZAN KOSE)
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The jailed co-leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party on Friday appeared in court for the first time since his arrest in late 2016, insisting that his detention was unlawful.It is one of 96 legal cases that have enmeshed the politician.In May 2016, a law was passed lifting 138 MPs' immunity from prosecution. The HDP has previously said the measure is aimed at expelling its MPs from parliament.Demirtas was among 12 HDP MPs taken into custody in November 2016 under the state of emergency imposed following the failed overthrow of Erdogan in July of that year.Now, nine MPs including Demirtas remain in jail including the party's former co-leader Figen Yuksekdag who was stripped of her MP status in February 2016 .
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