Turkey: Weekly Report: The Persecution On Turkish Lawyers

August 19, 2017

ERZURUM – Prosecution of The Arrested Lawyers in Erzurum Continued

7 lawyers who are the members of Erzurum and Erzincan Bar Associations were on trial in Erzurum 2nd High Criminal Court. Lawyer Mehmet Güzel who is former president of Erzurum Bar Association and other 4 lawyers are are under arrest since 4th August 2016. At the end of the a-day hearing; The Court released one of the arrested lawyers and adjourned the hearing.

7 lawyers have been accused of “membership of the armed terrorist organisation” and pursuant to Turkish Penal Code, this offence requires 5 to 15 years imprisonment.

ANKARA – Prosecution of The Arrested Lawyers in Ankara Started

Screenshot_20170621-11460952 lawyers, 20 of them are under arrest for more than one year were on trial this week in Ankara 22nd High Criminal Court. After the failed coup attempt, in the August of 2016 more than 60 lawyers were taken into custody in Ankara and 26 of them have been subsequently arrested. During the investigation period 6 lawyers were released.

Ankara Chief Prosecutorial Office indicted 52 lawyers for “to be member  of armed terrorist organisation, to admin an armed terrorist organisation and to attempt to overthrow government” and pursuant to Turkish Penal Code, these offences require 22,5 years and life time imprisonment.

Weekly Report: The Persecution On Turkish Lawyers

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