May 25, 2018
A lawyer who went to a police department to defend another lawyer in police custody in Tokat province was detained by police the same day as part of the Turkish government’s massive post-coup witch hunt targeting alleged members of the Gülen movement.
Lawyer G.B. was detained by police as he went to the police department to defend another lawyer, identified as N.A., in police custody on instructions from the Tokat Chief Public Public Prosecutor’s Office. After their interrogation at the police department, both lawyers were referred to a court, which released them under judicial supervision.
Meanwhile, the Tokat Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office also issued detention warrants on Friday for seven jurists, including two judges, four lawyers and a rapporteur who had been dismissed from the Constitutional Court, over alleged links to the Gülen movement. Police detained five of them in raids in Ankara, İstanbul, Gümüşhane, Osmaniye, Sivas and Afyonkarahisar provinces.
The Turkish government has prosecuted 1,539 lawyers, arrested 580 and sentenced 103 lawyers to long prison terms since a controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016, according to a report released by The Arrested Lawyers Initiative in April 2018.
(N.B. The Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2019 will be held on Turkey around the world on January 24th 2019. For more information see: http://dayoftheendangeredlawyer.eu/ )