October 4, 2017
Detention warrant was issued for 8 lawyers by Mersin Prosecutorial Office yesterday. Lawyers Ali Bozan, Sebahat Genc, Bedri Kuran, Mehmet Altuntaş, Rıza Oğuz, Özgür Çağlar, Erhan Çiftçiler, Emrullah Şam and Onur Kale who are the members of Mersin and Van Bar Association are the subjects of detention warrant. So far, 4 lawyers were detained by police and 4 lawyers are still wanted. Thus, number of lawyers subjected criminal prosecution since 15th July 2016 raised to 1398.
Police executed search warrant in offices and homes of the lawyers.
The eight lawyers are the executives or members of the Human Rights Association and the Progressive Lawyers Association. The Progressive Lawyers Association was shut down with decree by Erdogan Regime on the November of 2016.
Situation in Turkey
14 of detained or arrested lawyers are the presidents or former presidents of provincial bars associations.
There has been a relentless campaign of arrests which has targeted fellow lawyers across the country. In 77 of Turkey’s 81 provinces, lawyers have been detained and arrested on trumped-up charges as part of criminal investigations orchestrated by the political authorities and conducted by provincial public prosecutors.