February 3, 2018
At least 572 lawyers have been put in pretrial arrest while 80 of them were sentenced to varying years in prison across Turkey since the summer of 2016, a recent report said.
The Arrested Lawyers Initiative released its 24-page report, “The Rights to Defense and Fair Trial Under Turkey’s Emergency Rule” on Feb 1.
“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,” the report said.
“As of today, 1506 lawyers have been prosecuted, 572 lawyers have been arrested 80 of whom have been sentenced to long imprisonment. Some of the arrested lawyers have been subjected torture and inhumane treatment.”
The Arrested Lawyers Initiative, according to its online bio, is a group of Turkish lawyers who are forced to live in exile after the government mass crackdown on human rights defenders and lawyers across Turkey.