The 10-year-long trial of twenty-two lawyers of the Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) ended with an unjust and cruel decisions as all lawyers have been sentenced to prison time over trumped-up terrorism accusations including membership in a terrorist organisation and spreading terror propaganda.
Since 2016’s coup attempt, 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, prosecuted and convicted due to alleged terror-linked offences. As of today, more than 1600 lawyers have been arrested and prosecuted while 615 lawyers have been remanded to pretrial detention. So far, 551 lawyers have been sentenced to 3356 years in prison over terrorism-related charges, mostly membership in terrorist organisations.
Turkey’s anti-terrorism legislation consists of two separate laws: the Turkish Penal Code (5237) (“TPC”) and Anti-Terrorism Law (3713). Article 314 of the Turkish Penal Code criminalises the establishment and/or commanding an armed terrorist organisation, and the subsection 2 (Article 314/2)  criminalises the membership to an armed organisation. Under the Turkish Penal Code, these two offences carry the penalty of 7.5 to 22.5 years imprisonment.
Turkish authorities have been abusing anti-terror laws to silence government critics.
The İstanbul 18th Heavy Penal Court sentenced Barkın Timtik, Selçuk Kozağaçlı and Oya Aslan to 19, 16 and a half and 13 years in prison respectively for membership in a terrorist organisation and spreading terror propaganda, and ruled for the continuation of their detention.
In reaction to judgment the Arrested Lawyers Initiative said: