August 20, 2018
Turkish government’s crackdown against lawyers continues relentlessly. Profession of lawyer which was one of the very first victims of post-coup attempt purge has been suffering from relentless attack by executive-controlled Turkish judiciary.
So far, in Turkey, 162 lawyers have been sentenced of terrorism related accusations, and mainly of being the member of an armed terrorist organization. Twenty one of those who have been sentenced are member of the Istanbul Bar Association. Istanbul Public Prosecutorial Office has been prosecuting 503 lawyers, of those 147 have been arrested and so far at-least twenty one members of Istanbul Bar Association have been convicted:
If the given sentences are upheld by the Court of Appeal, lawyers will serve 3/4 of the given term and will be disbarred.
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. As of today, 582 lawyers have been arrested and 1544 lawyers are under prosecution, 162 lawyers were sentenced to long imprisonment. Some of the arrested lawyers were subjected torture and ill-treatment.