November 26, 2017
Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which represents more than 1 million European lawyers, wrote a letter to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to urge the release of Turkish lawyers in prison.
Signed by CCBE President, Ruthven Gemmell, the letter expressed concern regarding the recent convictions of 20 Turkish lawyers in Konya, including the former head of the Konya Bar Association, Fevzi Kayacan, who was sentenced to 10 years and 6 months of imprisonment.
Gemmell also raised concerns on the torture and ill treatment of lawyers in detention. The letter notes that the president of Progressive Lawyers Association, Selçuk Kozağaçlı, who has been representing the Soma Mine Disaster Victims and political prisoners on hunger strike, was beaten during detention.
The council also provided the number of lawyers under criminal prosecution in Turkey as 1433, and lawyers arrested since the coup attempt in July 2016 as 555.
“CCBE respectfully urges your Excellency to ensure that all the lawyers mentioned above are released immediately as it is believed that their detention is solely motivated by their activities as lawyers. In addition, the CCBE asks you to take all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of lawyers in Turkey as well as their ability to perform their professional duties without fear of reprisal, hindrance, intimidation or harassment.”
November 27, 2017
Turkish government has requested Interpol red notices on Monday for three prominent former prosecutors, who were responsible for the investigation launched against the earth chattering corruption scandal in Turkey at the end of 2013, as the trial of a Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab, who are main actor of the corruption scandal, to start in New York this week.
The Supreme Court has issued a request for red notices covering ex-prosecutors Zekeriya Öz, Celal Kara and Mehmet Yüzgeç, who are sought over the December 2013 corruption probe which invested Turkey’s biggest corruption scandal, over being behind a controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
The Dec. 17/25, 2013 corruption investigation had incriminated the cabinet ministers and Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s family members. These three prosecutors had launched the graft investigation against senior government officials on Dec. 17-25, 2013.
Reza Zarrab and eight other people, including a former economy minister and three executives of Turkish state-owned Halkbank, have been charged with engaging in transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars for Iran’s government and Iranian entities from 2010 to 2015 in a scheme to evade US sanctions.
November 27, 2017
Turkish government has covered up the killing of Tahir Elçi, a Kurdish lawyer, human rights activist and the chairman of Diyarbakır Bar Association, who was killed in front of journalists, cameras and police officers 2 years ago. According to a report by Gazete Duvar online news outlet on Sunday, there is still no progress in investigation on the killing of Elçi.
Tahir Elçi was assassinated in the Sur district of Diyarbakır on November 28, 2015. He was shot once in the head while giving a press statement beside the “Four-legged Minaret” of the Sheikh Matar Mosque calling for an end to violence in Turkey’s Kurdish dominated southeast.
Elçi was detained several times and received death threats after saying the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) should not be regarded as a terrorist organisation. In October 2015, Elçi was detained by Turkish authorities on charges of disseminating “terrorist propaganda” on behalf of the PKK.
Two years have passed since Elçi was killed in front of the Dört Ayaklı Minare in Sur district on November 28, 2015. Three prosecutors have been changed so far in the investigation launched for the murder of Elçi, and no progress has been made to unveil the dark points behind the murder. There is no one in the investigation who has been pronounced as neither a perpetrator nor a suspect.
Report: The Persecution On Turkish Lawyers (20-27 November)
November 27, 2017
The lawyers in Chittagong demonstrated on the court premises in the city yesterday, demanding immediate arrest and capital punishment for the killers of their colleague Bappi.
At a protest rally staged by Chittagong District Bar Association, Mohammed Abu Hanif, its general secretary, also announced a daylong work stoppage for today.
Omar Faruk Bappi, a lawyer of Chittagong District Judge Court, was found murdered in his West Bakalia residence in the port city on Saturday. His father Ali Ahmed filed a murder case accusing a woman, Rasheda Begum, and several others unnamed persons.
Addressing the rally, Abu Hanif said no lawyer of the association will stand for the accused. Seeking speedy trial, they will submit a memorandum to the home minister and inspector general of police through the deputy commissioner of Chittagong, said lawyer Raton Kumar Roy, president of the association. After the rally, Bappi’s namaz-e-janaza was held at Chittagong Judicial Magistrate Court premises after the Zohr prayers.