Turkey: Lawyer Representing Dissident Politician Akşener Detained Over Coup Involvement

March 29, 2017

Nuri Polat, a lawyer representing Meral Akşener, a former deputy and candidate for leadership of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), has been detained by police over alleged links to the Gülen movement.

At least 370 lawyers have been jailed, while 967 others have been investigated either over alleged involvement in a coup attempt on July 15, or having links to the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the attempted coup.

The data was compiled by Turkey Purge editors based on reports released by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency and the @Av_EvrenSEL Twitter account, an initiative for the arrested Turkish lawyers, since the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

The Turkish government accuses the movement of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The movement denies the accusations.

Akşener has been waging a campaign against incumbent MHP Chairman Devlet Bahçeli, who is an open ally of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Akşener, on the other hand, opposes the changes to the constitution that will be voted in the referendum on April 16.

http://stockholmcf.org/lawyer-representing-dissident-politician-aksener-detained-over-coup-involvement/

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