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More arrests and court hearings in Turkey

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By Catherine Hardy  with Reuters
More arrests and court hearings in Turkey

<p><br /> <br /> </p> <p>Nine journalists from Turkey’s pro-opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet have been remanded in custody in Istanbul.</p> <p>Nine politicians, including the leaders of Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish political party, the <span class="caps">HDP</span>, have also been jailed on remand.</p> <p>The journalists and politicians will be held in prison until they stand trial.</p> <p>So far, no date has been set.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>Is Cumhuriyet anti-government?</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>Yes.</p> <p>Observers say it is one of the few Turkish media outlets to remain critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong><span class="caps">HDP</span> arrests</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>One of the leaders of Turkey’s biggest pro-Kurdish political party has been taken to a maximum security prison in the city of Kocaeli in northwestern Turkey.</p> <p>Selahattin Demirtas was one of 12 <span class="caps">HDP</span> lawmakers detained in overnight raids on Friday.</p> <p>Demirtas, co-chair of the People’s Democratic Party (<span class="caps">HDP</span>), described on Twitter how he was taken into custody.</p> <p>“Police officials are at the door to my house in Diyarbakir with a detention warrant,” he posted.</p> <p>Co-chair Figen Yuksekdag was detained at her home in Ankara.</p> <p>The group are accused of refusing to testify on terrorism-related charges.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>Court hearings</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>Demirtas, along with fellow co-chair Figen Yuksekdag and seven other lawmakers, have been formally placed under arrest pending trial.</p> <p>The courts released three others on condition they report regularly to the authorities.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>Kurdish links</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>The government accuses the <span class="caps">HDP</span> of being the political arm of outlawed Kurdish rebel group the <span class="caps">PKK</span>.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">HDP</span> has always rejected the accusation.</p>