Court rejects request for the release of HDP member and TJA activist Rojbin Çetin

The request to release HDP Democratic Local Governments Board member and TJA activist Rojbin Çetin was rejected at the latest hearing of her trial.

The 5th hearing of the case against Rojbin Çetin, a member of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Democratic Local Governments Board and Tevgera Jinên Azad (TJA) activist, who was tortured with dogs during the police raid on her home in Diyarbakır on 27 June 2020, was held in Van. Çetin’s family, relatives and lawyers, Erciş Municipality co-mayor Yıldız Çetin, who was forcibly replaced by a trustee, former Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Erciş Municipality co-chair Diba Keskin, who was also replaced by a trustee, and TJA activists attended the hearing.

Rojbin made her defense in Kurdish at the hearing she attended through the Audio and Visual Information System (SEGBİS) from Diyarbakır E Type Women's Closed Prison.

'I am an activist, a politician, a human rights defender'

Çetin said that she was imprisoned for political reasons and added: “I am a woman activist, a politician, a human rights defender. The work I carried out were legal work that I did in front of the public and the press. I demand to be acquitted.”

Çetin’s lawyer, Ekin Yeter, demanded that her client be released, stating that she represents the will of thousands of people.

Hearing adjourned

The court board rejected the request for release, claiming that there was a "possibility of escape", and postponed the next hearing to 30 November in order to make up for the deficiencies in the file by hearing the secret witnesses.