April 29, 2016
The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the persecution of nine human rights lawyers in Turkey.
Reports indicate that on 16 March 2016, police raided the houses of nine lawyers in Istanbul, Turkey. The following lawyers were taken into police custody: Ramazan Demir, İrfan Arasan, Ayşe Acinikli, Hüseyin Boğatekin, Şefik Çelik, Adem Çalışçı, Ayşe Başar (Gosterislioglu), Tamer Doğan and Mustafa Rüzgar.
All nine lawyers are members of the Libertarian Lawyers Association (Özgürlükcü Hukukçular Derneĝi – ÖHD). All of the lawyers represented one or more of 46 lawyers arrested in 2011 while defending the leader of the Kurdish Workers Party (“PKP”) on suspicion of “working for, or belonging to, a terrorist organization.”
On 18 March 2016, Ramazan Demir, İrfan Arasan, Ayşe Acinikli, Hüseyin Boğatekin, Şefik Çelik, Adem Çalışçı, Ayşe Başar (Gosterislioglu), Tamer Doğan and Mustafa Rüzgar attended a pre-trial release hearing at the 1st Criminal Peace Court. Irfan Arasan and Mustafa Rüzgar were unconditionally released. After a 13-hour pre-trial release hearing the following day, the Court ordered the pre-trial release of the remaining seven lawyers subject to a travel ban.
On 21 March 2016, the prosecutor appealed the pre-trial release order to the 1st Criminal Peace Court and was unsuccessful. On the same day and without notice to the defendants or their legal counsel, the prosecutor appealed to the 2nd Criminal Court of Peace. The 2nd Criminal Court of Peace summarily reversed the 1st Criminal Peace Court’s pre-trail release order with respect to four of the lawyers: Hüseyin Boğatekin, Ramazan Demir, Ayşe Acınıklı and Ayşe Basar (Gosterislioglu). On 22 March 2016, warrants were issued for their arrest. Two of the lawyers were re-arrested immediately but were released two days later. On 6 April 2016, lawyers Ramazan Demir and Ayşe Acinikli were re-arrested.
http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147502433 (VERSION FRANCAISE)