Turkey: Schedule of the trial of human rights lawyer Levent Pişkin

May 16, 2017

The Observatory has been informed about the schedule of the trial of Mr. Levent Pişkin, a human rights lawyers member of the Association of lawyers for Freedom (Ozgurlukcu Hukukcular Dernegi – OHD), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Intersexed (LGBTI) rights activist and member of the Justice Commission of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) [1].

According to the information received,on May 18, 2017, the first hearing on the merits in Mr. Levent Pişkin’s trial is schedule to take place before the 8th Heavy Penal Court in Bursa.

Following his arrest on November 14, 2016 and his provisional release two days later, on November 16, Mr. Levent Pişkin received an indictment in April, 2017, almost six months after his arrest. According to the indictment, Mr. Levent Pişkin was charged for fulfilling his duties as an attorney.The Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor Gökhan Şen indeed accused Mr. Pişkin of “using his attorney ID to visit his client Selahattin Demirtaş, who is currently jailed in Edirne Penitentiary, and accepting [his fellow attorney Cahit] Kırkazak’s proposal to deliver a message from Mr. Demirtaş to the German magazine Der Spiegel, in order to bring the arrest of Mr. Demirtaş to the international agenda and into lobbying efforts on the international stage”.

Specifically, the prosecution claimed that many stories published in Der Spiegel “contain insults to the Turkish state and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, spread unfounded news that insults, teases and belittles the country, and pursues an editorial policy that stokes public opinion against the country in order to discredit the nation on the international stage”.

The indictment further refers to Mr. Levent Pişkin’s phone call with fellow attorney Cahit Kırkazak, who was taken into custody in the same investigation as him, as a “phone communication within the organisational hierarchy”, and Mr. Pişkin’s membership in a WhatsApp group named “HDPIstanbul” was also included in his list of crimes.

The Observatory deplores the continuing judicial harassment against Mr. Levent Pişkin, which seems to merely aim at sanctioning his human rights activities as an attorney.



Aujourd’hui, c’est notamment Ramazan Demir qui défendra Levent Pişkin. Les rôles sont inversés. Le combat est le même

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