Turkey: Continuation Of Imprisonment For 345 Jurists, Including A Demised One, Decided With One Page Decision

An imprisoned judge has stated in a letter he sent to Christophe Regnard, the President of the International Association of Judges (IAJ) that pro-Erdoğan judge Yunus Süer in an Ankara court has decided for continuation of detention of 345 judges and prosecutors, including a demised judge, in a single decision with one and half page of explanation.

The jailed judge written that “As it can evidently be inferred even from the Turkish version of the decision it contains no reasoning, no evidence, no accusations, no acts, no individualization for 345 suspects. I believe that the decision reveals where the Turkish judiciary has come with respect to the rule of law and independence of judiciary.”

A military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 killed over 240 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement despite the lack of any evidence to that effect. Gülen movement strongly denies having any role in the putsch.

In the currently ongoing post-coup purge, over 135,000 people have been purged due to their alleged links to the Gülen movement since July 15. Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has announced on April 2 that 47,155 people have been jailed while 113,260 people have been detained with the same accusations. According to Soylu’s statement 2,575 judges and prosecutors have been imprisoned since failed coup attempt.




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