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Turkey: Istanbul lawyer detained, beaten by Erdoğan’s guards for questioning blocked traffic

April 16, 2019

Turkish lawyer beaten by President Erdoğan’s bodyguards in İstanbul: report

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s security guards detained and beat an Istanbul lawyer for insulting the president after questioning blocked traffic at the site of a wedding ceremony attended by Erdoğan, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The incident took place when lawyer Sertuğ Sürenoğlu asked police why traffic was blocked around the city’s Çırağan Palace, where Erdoğan was in attendance for a high profile wedding on Sunday, the newspaper said.

Erdoğan’s security handcuffed Sürenoğlu and placed him in a vehicle where he was beaten for two hours, it said, adding that the security guards then forced Sürenoğlu to sign a police report stating that he had insulted Erdoğan.

The lawyer was then handed over to police who took him into a station, Cumhuriyet said.

After being questioned for insulting the president, Sürenoğlu was released on house arrest.

“I didn’t even know that President Erdoğan was going to be there. I only asked why the road was blocked off. I absolutely did not insult the president. I was tortured by the president’s guards and forced me to sign a report saying I had insulted the president,” Cumhuriyet quoted Sürenoğlu as saying in his statement while in police custody.

Insulting the president carries a sentence between one and four years, according to the Turkish Penal Code.

https://ahvalnews.com/assault/istanbul-lawyer-detained-beaten-erdogans-guards-questioning-blocked-traffic?fbclid=IwAR2h0ID525-vtHZ4GQHTget24Vf0W65gNyQmqAK2PKrBwRdabYYBEjCjpx4

President Erdogan’s security details tortured a Turkish lawyer

Turkish lawyer beaten by President Erdoğan’s bodyguards in İstanbul: report

Erdogan's bodyguards, beaten the lawyer, he had the record signed!

https://ahvalnews.com/echr-turkey/turkeys-detention-highest-court-judge-unlawful-echr

European court rules Turkey violated top judge’s rights of liberty

https://gozlemgazetesi.com/HaberDetay/252/1112437/korumalar-tarafindan-darp-edildigi-iddia-edilen-avukat-sertug-surenoglu.html (TURKCE)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/372222/kozagaclinin-babasinin-cenazesine-kelepceli-goturulmesine-tepki (TURKCE)

http://www.armenews.com/spip.php?page=article&id_article=11587 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.challenges.fr/monde/un-juge-constitutionnel-turc-fait-condamner-ankara-a-strasbourg_653541 (FRANCAIS)

Germany/Turkey/Greece: Critical of German justice, lawyer to take NSU case to European court

January 18, 2019

NSU avukatlarından Daimagüler: 1600 kez tehdit edildim

Mehmet Daimagüler, one of the lawyers for the families of victims in Germany’s notorious National Socialist Underground (NSU) case, says he would take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Addressing a conference on the NSU and racism in Germany at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul yesterday, Daimagüler said he did not trust German courts and did not expect much from the legal process in Germany regarding the neo-Nazi gang.

The NSU, composed of three members, were behind the murders of eight Turkish and one Greek immigrant and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007. Two members killed themselves when the police closed in on them, while the sole surviving member, Beate Zschaepe, was sentenced to life in a trial that concluded last year.

“I don’t trust German courts and that’s why we filed a compensation lawsuit [for the victims]. If the German government, state administrations did their jobs properly, if police did not look into the murders through a racist angle, people would not get killed,” the lawyer said.

The lawyer said he was certain cases against the NSU would be “lost,” referring to appeals to the sentence for Zschaepe and the gang’s accomplices who got away with lenient sentences. “But we will take these cases to the European Court of Human Rights afterwards,” he said.

Daimagüler also spoke about threats the lawyers of victims faced. “I’ve received about 1,600 threats so far but I didn’t take them seriously. Barking dogs seldom bite,” he added. However, he expressed concern about threats to fellow lawyer Seda Başay Yıldız. “It was discovered that threats were linked to a police station and had everything from the address of her residences to the address of her parents. It is also a big scandal that police told Yıldız that they can’t protect her properly and suggested she buy a gun to defend herself,” he said.

https://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2019/01/18/critical-of-german-justice-lawyer-to-take-nsu-case-to-european-court

http://www.migazin.de/amp/2019/01/15/frankfurter-anwaeltin-erhaelt-erneut-drohbrief/ (DEUTSCH)

https://www.landeszeitung.de/blog/nachrichten/politik/2243282-zweiter-drohbrief-des-nsu2-0-so-gehen-die-ermittler-vor (DEUTSCH)

http://juedischerundschau.de/den-bock-zum-gaertner-135911284/ (DEUTSCH)

http://medyaberlin.com/de/post/interview-mit-nsu-opfer-anwalt-mehmet-daimaguler (DEUTSCH)

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmet_Daimag%C3%BCler (DEUTSCH)

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/avrupa/nsu-avukatlarindan-daimaguler-1600-kez-tehdit-edildim-41086283 (TURKCE)

https://www.star.com.tr/yerel-haberler/avukat-mehmet-daimaguler-3713766/ (TURKCE)

https://www.star.com.tr/guncel/nsu-davasini-aihme-tasiyacagiz-haber-1427028/ (TURKCE)

http://enpolitik.com/haber/266631/eger-alman-hukumeti-isleri-duzgun-bir-sekilde-yapsaydi-bu-insanlar-olmezdi.html (TURKCE)

https://perspektif.eu/2019/01/17/nsu-davasini-avrupa-insan-haklari-mahkemesine-tasiyacagiz/ (TURKCE)

https://www.trthaber.com/haber/dunya/nsu-davasini-avrupa-insan-haklari-mahkemesine-tasiyacagiz-401607.html (TURKCE)

Turkey: Demirtas asks Kurdish nation to support him before court appearance

December 8, 2018

Selahattin Demirtas, the former co-leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party, poses during an interview in Brussels on August 6, 2015. File photo: John Thys | AFP

In a letter addressed to fellow Kurds, former co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas said he is being persecuted and imprisoned because of his ethnic identity and is appealing for support

“I am writing this letter in a confinement cell at the heavy penalties prison where I have been jailed for more than two years,” read his letter.

Nearly 5,000 HDP members have been imprisoned by the Turkish state.

“Nine HDP MPs and 58 mayors are still in prison. We are being flagrantly persecuted and we have been put in jail because of our Kurdish ethnic identity, involvement in politics, and call for our peoples’ lives and properties to be protected – which is our right,” Demirtas said in a statement.

He communicates through his lawyer.

“I am calling on you for support and coordination. I call on you to help us in our endeavors for freedom and democracy. I have confidence you will you will work to convey our message and communicate our voices to the international community. The question is as important as life and death.

Demirtas will face another round of judicial proceedings on Wednesday.

“Therefore I am calling on you to be present in the trial, if possible. I am grateful for your support and coordination in convey our message,” Demirtas wrote.

He is facing 142 years on multiple charges stemming from allegations of ties with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). But his Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which he led before his arrest and detention, says the case against him is political.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in November that Turkey should end its pre-trial detention of Demirtas pending his appeal and found several instances of human rights violations by the courts in the handling of his case.

http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/turkey/08122018

https://ahvalnews.com/selahattin-demirtas/jailed-kurdish-politician-pens-letter-le-monde-asks-international-solidarity

https://stockholmcf.org/demirtass-lawyer-selected-as-lawyer-of-the-week-by-the-times/?fbclid=IwAR3doZ3E4xinawar28s63lJdKfHmdrW2Wp7N-zxSzxVVryCEeltJotijdsE

https://stockholmcf.org/demirtass-lawyer-selected-as-lawyer-of-the-week-by-the-times/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/367880/selahattin-demirtastan-le-mondea-mektup (TURKCE)

https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2018/12/06/selahattin-demirtas-aujourd-hui-c-est-mon-tour-de-vous-demander-soutien-et-solidarite_5393662_3232.html (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F (FRANCAIS)

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Turkey/ECHR: Local court rejects Demirtaş’s appeal for release despite ECtHR ruling

November 30, 2018

The Ankara 19th High Criminal Court on Friday rejected a request for release filed by Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtaş which was based on a European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruling that his pre-trial detention had gone on longer than could be justified.

The court decided to ask Turkey’s Justice Ministry whether the ECtHR ruling was final.

Former co-chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Demirtaş has been in pre-trial detention since November 2016 along with the other former co-chair, Figen Yüksekdağ.

“The Court found that the judicial authorities had extended Mr Demirtaş’ detention on grounds that could not be regarded as ‘sufficient’ to justify its duration,” the Strasbourg-based ECtHR said in a statement on Nov. 20.

The ECtHR ruled that Ankara “was to take all necessary measures to put an end to the applicant’s pre-trial detention.”

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan responded to the ECtHR decision by saying that the European court’s rulings did not bind Turkey.

https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/11/30/local-court-rejects-demirtass-appeal-for-release-despite-ecthr-ruling/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/turkish-court-selahattin-demirtas-jail-echr-181130140610828.html

https://www.voanews.com/a/turkish-court-rules-to-keep-ex-kurdish-party-leader-in-jail/4681142.html

https://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/turkish-politician-to-remain-in-jail/news-story/4d7852777fc0d2750052fb0afe3740df

https://www.euronews.com/2018/11/30/turkish-court-rules-to-keep-kurdish-politician-demirtas-in-jail-lawyer

https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/12/04/regional-appeals-court-upholds-kurdish-politician-demirtass-sentence/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/speak-out-for-people-in-turkey/?fbclid=IwAR3jvH1NNtY6dLqrcDhHD_zAHAQ7iYDS7vOwtpIg9YZxTGU5B0dYEiillvw (SIGN THE PETITION!)

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/1156456/Mahkemeden_Selahattin_Demirtas_karari.html (TURKCE)

https://www.demokrathaber.org/siyaset/selahattin-demirtas-beklesinler-durusmaya-geliyorum-soyleyeceklerim-h110484.html (TURKCE)

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2018/11/30/turquie-la-demande-de-liberation-de-l-opposant-kurde-demirtas-rejetee_5390970_3210.html (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F (FRANCAIS)

https://de.nachrichten.yahoo.com/nachrichten-ruckblick-abend-die-wichtigsten-news-vom-30-november-2018-165738676.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-justicia-turca-mantiene-rejas-politico-kurdo-demirtas-pese-fallo-estrasburgo-20181130140137.html (ESPANOL)

https://observador.pt/2018/11/30/tribunal-turco-rejeita-libertacao-do-opositor-curdo-selahattin-demirtas/ (PORTUGUES)

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Turkey/ECHR: European human rights court orders Turkey to free Kurdish leader Demirtas

November 20, 2018

European human rights court orders Turkey to free Kurdish leader Demirtas

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ordered the government of Turkey to release Kurdish political leader Selahattin Demirtas from a now two-year-long pre-trial detention.

The Strasbourg-based court unanimously held that the Turkish state had to “take all necessary measures to put an end” to Demirtas’ continued detention, which it deemed unlawful.

The verdict by the ECtHR on the Demirtas vs. Turkey case came 21 months after the former Co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) applied to the court, accusing Turkey of grave rights violations.

His lawyers argued that Demirtas’s initial pre-trial detention and its continuation were executed arbitrarily by the Turkish authorities and that the duration of his detention has been excessive.

They said that relevant Turkish judicial decisions contained no reasons other than mere citation of the grounds for detention provided for by law and they were “worded in abstract, repetitive, and formulaic terms,” essentially accusing the government of abusing the law.

Demirtas also complained that his lack of access to the investigation file prevented him from effectively challenging the order during his detention at a supermax prison in Turkey’s Edirne Province on the border with Greece.

http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/c68a8056-a5a6-4410-8244-c4992d510dba

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/european-court-orders-release-kurdish-politician-demirtas-181120093432466.html

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1407981/middle-east

https://www.ft.com/content/21c49b22-ecad-11e8-8180-9cf212677a57

http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/turkey/20112018

https://hudoc.echr.coe.int/eng-press#%22itemid%22:%5B%22003-6255331-8141045%22%5D

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46274330

http://bianet.org/english/law/202801-application-for-release-of-selahattin-demirtas

http://bianet.org/english/politics/202785-ecthr-turkey-obliged-to-abide-by-judgement-erdogan-it-is-no-concern-of-ours?fbclid=IwAR0XGista_sVIYmCB5MkoWFrDbF6CcEm1wwEaHQZVkpyEMNrJLqLOG5CoLY

https://www.gulf-times.com/story/613690/Erdogan-rejects-European-court-call-to-free-Demirt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F

https://www.cnnturk.com/turkiye/aihmden-selahattin-demirtas-karari (TURKCE)

https://www.ntv.com.tr/turkiye/son-dakika-aihmden-selahattin-demirtas-karari,mHvcI_jYikqW5F_wgg57mQ (TURKCE)

https://www.haberturk.com/son-dakika-aihm-den-selahattin-demirtas-karari-2227483 (TURKCE)

https://www.lemonde.fr/proche-orient/article/2018/11/20/la-cedh-ordonne-a-la-turquie-de-liberer-l-opposant-kurde-demirtas_5385982_3218.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.france24.com/fr/20181120-cedh-turquie-liberer-opposant-depute-kurde-selahattin-demirtas-erdogan-hdp (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F (FRANCAIS)

https://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-tribunal-europeo-ddhh-insta-turquia-acelerar-proceso-contra-lider-prokurdo-selahattin-demirtas-20181120164501.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/europaeischer-gerichtshof-entscheidet-ueber-haft-von-selahattin-demirtas-a-1239326.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.tvsvizzera.it/tvs/corte-strasburgo–turchia-rilasci-l-oppositore-demirtas/44558046 (ITALIANO)

https://oglobo.globo.com/mundo/tribunal-europeu-exorta-turquia-libertar-lider-da-oposicao-pro-curda-23246986 (PORTUGUES)

Russia/France: Complaint over arrest of French musician Marouani in Russia filed with ECHR

November 13, 2018

A complaint over arrest of French musician Didier Marouani and his lawyer Igor Trunov during their meeting with Russian pop star Filipp Kirkorov in 2016 has been lodged with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Trunov has told RAPSI.

In the application Trunov accuses police officers of unlawful operational-investigative activities, illegal arrest of the French musician, improper proceedings in an application seeking to open criminal cases against Kirkorov and failure to consider a statement against police officers.

The lawyer insists on the violation of Article 6 (Right to a fair trial), Article 13 (Lack of effective remedy) and Article 5 (Right to liberty and personal security) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

In November 2016, Marouani and Trunov were arrested by police on suspicion of extorting € 1 million from Kirkorov. Trunov has written a statement for the police demanding to open a criminal case against Kirkorov over false denunciation, and then against police officers.  A year on, the Presnensky District Court of Moscow ordered the Investigative Committee to consider their demand to open a criminal case against police officers over illegal, according to the musician and his lawyer, arrest.

According to lawyer Lyudmila Aivar, the wife of Trunov, the French musician and her husband were arrested in a bank where they were to conclude an amicable agreement with Kirkorov in a copyright dispute. She said that Kirkorov and his lawyer offered € 1 million to Marouani as part of the settlement.

http://rapsinews.com/judicial_news/20181113/291019208.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igor_Trunov

Russia: Russian lawyer turns to ECHR over Professional Ethics Code

October 5, 2018

Attorney Igor Trunov has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) challenging Russia’s Professional Ethics Code of Lawyers, he has told RAPSI.

Trunov claims that provisions of the Professional Ethics Code discords with the principle of legal certainty and allows to bring lawyers to liability for actions not related to their professional duties.

The attorney earlier lodged lawsuits with Russian courts demanding to declare the Professional Ethics Code inoperative.

According to Trunov, the Professional Ethics Code and the Rules of Lawyers’ Conduct fail to meet the Federal Law “On Legal Practice and Advocacy in the Russian Federation” and contain provisions contradicting with the principle of legal certainty and leading to corruption and abused discretion.

Legal examination of the Code’s compliance with the Russian legislation and anti-corruption examination are necessary, he stated.

However, his claims were dismissed.

The lawyer believes that Russian courts have violated Article 6 (Right to a fair trial) and Article 10 (Right to freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Trunov began challenging the Ethics Code after his disbarment in September 2016. The lawyer viewed the decision to disbar him as strange and unexpected because the Association had recognized his public activity as a disciplinary case. “I have spoken at a news conference about problems existing in the society, specifically about corruption in the bar. This particular speech at a public venue was declared a disciplinary case by the Counsel on the base of the Professional Code of Conduct. But the Code has never regulated public activities. That’s why I think, this decision has a political component,” Trunov said earlier.

In December 2016, Moscow’s Lefortovsky District Court overturned the Moscow Regional Bar Association’s decision on disbarment of Trunov and ordered restoration of his attorney status.

http://rapsinews.com/judicial_news/20181005/288550667.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igor_Trunov