July 10, 2017
On 6 July 2017, there was another hearing in Istanbul in the long-running case against 46 lawyers accused of being involved in terrorism. L4L has observed all the hearings since the beginning of the trial in 2012.
The hearing lasted only half an hour, again with new judges and a new prosecutor. Only 8 of the 46 accused lawyers were present; the others had asked for permission not to attend this hearing.
Before, the defence lawyers had requested to add additional documents to the the case file, for example the file of the judge who presided this case a long time and who is now in pre-trial detention as a suspect of terrorism himself. The court apologized that case file is still incomplete, and stated that the request to supplement the file had not been duly processed. Furthermore, these judges were appointed temporarily, one of the judges being not available, as well as the prosecutor in charge.
The case was postponed until 5 December 2017.