September 9, 2016
Vice President of ÇHD (Progressive Lawyers Association) and a member of ÖDP (Freedom and Solidarity Party) Münip Ermiş and other lawyers who are members of ÇHD had been taken into custody a few days back in Antalya in scope of FETÖ/PDY investigations.
Today (September 9), a group of lawyers, trying to read a press release in front of İzmir courthouse to demand for Ermiş and his colleagues to be freed were attacked by police, who then took 25 lawyers into custody, along with executive members of ÇHD İzmir branch.
ÇHD İzmir Branch has shared a message about the incident of this morning
ÇHD İzmir Branch shared information on the situation from its official twitter account by stating: ‘There has been an attack on us while we were holding a press briefing for our friend Münip Ermiş. We have been taken into custody. Münip Ermiş is not alone! ÇHD has never been silenced; will never be silenced!’
ÖDP İzmir Branch has announced 25 lawyers are in custody
ÖDP İzmir branch has also made an announcement and said: ‘The police that attacked the press briefing in front of the courthouse (in İzmir) has taken into custody 25 lawyers, among whom there are also the executives of ÇHD İzmir branch.’
(UPDATE September 10: (from Facebook) “Those detained in Izmir were released last night.” However, Münip Ermis is still detained, although his friends visited him on September 9 and reported that he is in good health.)