May 9, 2018
Denizli 2nd High Assize Court convicted eight lawyers of the membership to the armed terrorist organisation and sentenced them to ranging from six to seven years.
Ten lawyers who are members of the Denizli Bar Association were taken into custody on August 2016 in the wake of the failed coup attempt. Eight of them, lawyers Muhammed İkbal Çil, Muammer Güler, Özcan Aksoy, Emre Karcı, Yusuf Yılmaz, Müdayi Kaplan, Hüdayi Kayhan, Mustafa Maskan were subsequently arrested because of their (alleged) links or affiliation to Gulen Movement.
After 20-month pre-trial detention, the Court sentenced lawyers Muhammed İkbal Çil, Muammer Güler, Özcan Aksoy to seven years and six months and decided to hold them in remand.
Lawyers Emre Karcı, Yusuf Yılmaz, Müdayi Kaplan, Hüdayi Kayhan, Mustafa Maskan were sentenced to six years in three months and released with probation by the court. They’ll serve the remaining term of the sentence If the convict was upheld by the Court of Cassation.