September 23, 2018
According to Turkey’s Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) 572 attorneys have been put behind bars since the controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016, in Turkey, Deutsche Welle Turkish service reported.
The Turkish government accuses the Gülen movement of orchestrating the coup attempt, although the movement strongly denies any involvement.
The majority of the attorneys were arrested on charges of terrorism due to links with the movement, according to the report.
ÇHD İstanbul branch chairman Gökmen Yeşil said the number was calculated by legal activists living abroad who follow trials in Turkey through their contacts and that even though bar associations have a legal obligation to monitor lawyers’ cases, they had not kept accurate records.
Ankara Bar Association Chairman Hakan Canduran said these lawyers were put under investigation in the first place because some of their clients were terror suspects.
“The people in charge believe that if you’re defending a FETÖ suspect, then you’re a FETÖ member and that if you’re defending a DHKP-C suspect, then you too are a member of the DHKP-C,” Canduran said.