Turkey: Ankara Court sentences 21 lawyers to some 150 years in prison

March 29, 2019

Ankara 22nd Heavy Penal Court sentences 21 lawyers to some 150 years in prison. Lawyers who were detained on 3rd and 26th of August 2016, were convicted under Article 314§2 of the Turkish Penal Code which criminalizes membership to an armed terrorist organization. Two of the 21 lawyers are remanded by the Court while the other 19 lawyers were released.
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The Ankara Court sentenced 21 lawyers as follows:

Family members, including underage children, were also the subjects of a secret investigation. of these lawyers are, too, targeted by the Turkish Government as reported.

According to documents reviewed by Nordic Monitor, the Turkish government investigated the spouses and children of 28 lawyers including prominent attorneys who have been jailed or forced to live in exile since the crackdown started in 2015 and intensified a year later. The documents show spouses and children including underage youngsters were investigated by the Financial Crimes Investigation Board (MASAK), an executive organ attached to the Finance and Treasury Ministry, which is led by Berat Albayrak, Erdoğan’s son-in-law.

The investigation documents were found in docket No. 2017/134 of the Ankara 22nd High Criminal Court, which is hearing the trials of dozens of jailed lawyers. The Masak report, dated July 13, 2018, reveals how intrusive the Turkish government was in its campaign of intimidation of lawyers who were harassed and threatened with the prosecution of family members on fabricated charges. The report lists 83 people as being targeted, indicating that some of the lawyers have more than one child and that all of them were listed as suspected criminals in an unprecedented prosecution of lawyers and rights defenders.

Ankara Court sentences 21 lawyers to some 150 years in prison

https://arrestedlawyers.org/

https://www.lrwc.org/turkey-release-108-lawyers-from-arbitrary-detention-letter/

https://bianet.org/english/law/206869-selcuk-kozagacli-files-lawsuit-for-non-pecuniary-damages-against-judge

http://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/206866-selcuk-kozagacli-dan-hakime-manevi-tazminat-davasi (TURKCE)

https://www.lessor38.fr/le-cnb-solidaire-des-avocats-turcs-condamnes-24289.html (FRANCAIS)

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