November 25, 2017
Years after they paved the way for the imprisonment of hundreds of people on trumped-up charges and forged evidence, some 200 judges from a chamber of Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals will be in the dock themselves on Monday.
The adjudicators are charged with aiding sham trials, which were orchestrated by infiltrators of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) in the judiciary. FETÖ, which is accused of masterminding three coup attempts between 2013 and 2016, planted its members everywhere, from law enforcement to the judiciary, bureaucracy and military according to prosecutors.
Using its clout in the judiciary, the terrorist group plotted to imprison its critics, according to investigators.
The accused judges had issued final verdicts in the Ergenekon, Balyoz (Sledgehammer) and other trials that later turned out to be sham trials. Ekrem Ertuğrul, former head of the chamber, is among the defendants in weeklong hearings.
The case involves former senior judges from the Ninth Chamber of the highest legal authority, the Supreme Court of Appeals or Yargıtay as it is called in Turkish.