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Turkey: VIDEO — Lawyer Thrown Out From Court By Three Police Over Judge’s Order

April 27, 2017

A new low has been witnessed in effusive Turkish judiciary after a video has been started to circulate in social media venues. According to the video, a lawyer, who was appointed by an unknown defendant, was seen as being thrown out by three police officers following the order of judge Hüseyin Öztürk in Bakırköy 10th High Criminal Court in İstanbul.

Lawyer Suat Eren.

It has been frequently reported that Turkish courts have often been rejecting, even sometimes arresting lawyers who are hired by defendants who are generally accused of either being members of faith-based Gülen movement or Kurdish political groups. Pro-Kurdish DİHABER news agency has named the lawyer as Suat Eren from the Libertarian Lawyers’ Platform (ÖHP).

 

Turkish authorities have issued sweeping arrest warrants against more than 1000 lawyers within last nine months on what is believed to be a part of crackdown on critics and opponents of Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government.

So far over 410 lawyers including prominent criminal law attorneys and heads of provincial Bar Associations were formally arrested while many were forced to self-exile to avoid torture and ill treatment in jails. The government also purged 108 academics including famous law professors from law schools of public universities and fired 108 government lawyers en masse.

What is more, the authorities have also ordered the seizure of all assets of lawyers who faced an arrest although they were not convicted of any crime and there was no indictment filed and no trial hearing held yet. The seizure of assets has deprived family members of their livelihood while lawyers are left languishing behind bars in long pre-trial detentions.

http://stockholmcf.org/video-lawyer-thrown-out-from-court-by-three-police-over-judges-order/

Turkey: Avukat Suat Eren, duruşma salonundan darbedilerek atıldı

27/04/17

İstanbul’da Bakırköy 10. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde duruşması bulunan Özgürlükçü Hukukçular Platformu (ÖHP) üyesi Avukat Suat Eren, mahkeme Başkanı Hüseyin Öztürk’ün talimatı ile duruşma salonundan çıkarıldı.

Adli bir dosya için görülen duruşmaya giren avukat Eren, müvekkillerinin vekâleti yanında olmadığı için mahkeme başkanı ile usul tartışması yaşadı. Mahkeme başkanı, Av. Eren’e vekâleti yanında bulunmadığı gerekçesi ile savunma yapamayacağını söyledi. Eren’in CMK’da ağır cezalarda böyle bir uygulamanın olmadığını belirterek, duruşmadan çıkmayacağını söyledi. Bunun üzerine mahkeme başkanı Eren için “Duruşma düzenini bozmak”tan duruşma tutanağına kayıt altına aldırdı. Ardından içeriye polisleri çağıran mahkeme başkanı Eren’in duruşma salonundan çıkarılması yönünde talimat verdi. Talimat üzerine polisler ile Eren arasında itişmeler yaşandı. Duruma tepki gösteren Eren, yere uzanarak polislerin kendisini dışarıya çıkarmasını engelledi. Ancak polis Eren’i, yaka paça kucaklayarak duruşma salonunun dışarısına çıkardı.

Eren, olay anını şu sözlerle anlattı: “Adli bir dosya. Öldürme dosyasıydı. Duruşma salonuna girdim. Müvekkillerimden birinin vekâleti vardı, birinin yoktu. Ama vekâlet yanımda değildi. Getirmemiştim. Savunma yapmak istedim. Mahkeme başkanı ‘konuşamazsın’ dedi. Usul tartışması başladı. Bana ‘sen zaten savunma yapamazsın’ dedi. Bana dedi ‘bu şekilde devam edersen duruşma düzenini bozmaktan salondan çıkarırım’ dedi. Ben itiraz ettim. Ardından tutanağa geçirdi. Polisleri çağırdı. Polisler geldi ‘ben çıkmadım. Beni çektiler yere yattım. Karşılıklı itişme oldu. Sonra beni kaldırıp dışarı çıkardılar.”

Eren, “Ceza Mhakeme Kanunu’n da müdahillik belli, süre belli. Usule aykırı bir şekilde keyfi bir şekilde savunma hakkı çiğnendi. Darp edilerek dışarı atıldım” dedi.

Eren, polisler ve mahkeme başkanı hakkında gerekli yerlere suç duyurusunda bulunacağını söyledi.

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/317490/avukat-suat-eren-durusma-salonundan-darbedilerek-atildi

MESLEKTAŞLARIMIZA ÇAĞRIMIZDIR
Avukatlara saldırılar devam ediyor. Mesleğimizin onuruna sahip çıkmaya devam edeceğiz.
Bugün Bakırköy 10. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde görülen davada muvekkilleri ile duruşma salonuna gelen platformumuz üyesi Avukat Suat Eren mahkeme başkanı tarafından muvekkilleri yanında olduğu halde dosyada vekaleti olmadığı gerekçesi ile konuşması engellenmiş hakaretlere maruz kalmış talepleri karşılanmamış ve mahkeme başkanı tarafından tehdit edilerek polis eliyle üyemize karşı zor kullanılarak ve darp edilerek duruşma salonundan çıkarılmıştır.
Avukatlara yapılan saldırılara sessiz kalmadık kalmayacağız. Hukuku ayaklar altına alanlar her türlü hileyi mahkemeler eli ile yapanlardan cesaret alan iktidar yargıcları bugün bu rezilligi yapmışlardır.
Savunma sessiz kalmayacak savunmaya sahip çıkacağız. Yarın saat 13.00′ te Bakırköy Adliyesi önünde basın açıklaması yapacağız ve mahkeme başkanı hakkında suç duyurusunda bulunacağız. Tüm meslektaşlarımızı, meslek örgütlerini savunmaya yapılan saldırılara karşı bir arada olmak için saat 13.00 te Bakırköy Adliyesi önüne bekliyoruz
ÖZGÜRLÜKÇÜ HUKUKÇULAR PLATFORMU ISTANBUL

Turkey: 7 Lawyers In Kütahya, 6 Purged Civil Servants On Greek Border Detained Over Alleged Gülen Links

April 25, 2017

At least seven lawyers in the Kütahya province were detained as part of the government’s post-coup witch hunt targeting Gülen movement on Monday. The detainees are accused of having used ByLock, a smarthphone application that Turkish prosecutors claim to be the top communication tool among the alleged Gülen movement followers.

Meanwhile, three individuals and six former civil servants who have been dismissed from their posts in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt on July 15, were detained in the Turkish border province of Edirne on Monday while trying to flee to Greece.

The former civil servants were purged from their posts due to their alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding the failed coup attempt. They reportedly had travel bans imposed on them.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to the massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of July 15. The movement strongly denies any involvement in the coup attempt.

http://stockholmcf.org/7-lawyers-in-kutahya-6-purged-civil-servants-on-greek-border-detained-over-alleged-gulen-links/

Turkey: Judges Özçelik And Başer Sentenced With 10 Years Of Prison Over Alleged Gülen Links

April 24, 2017

Dismissed and arrested judges Metin Özçelik and Mustafa Başer were sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by 16th Penal Chamber of the Court of Cassation on Monday over their alleged membership to a “terror organization” and the claim of “abusing their authority.”

Judges Özçelik and Başer have been known with their decision to release a group of police officers who took part in critical graft and terror operations together with now-closed Samanyolu Broadcating Group’s General Manager and journalist Hidayet Karaca on April 25, 2015.

With unprecedent graft operations organized by prosecutors and a group of police officers on Dec. 17 and Dec. 25, 2013, the corruptions and bribery scandal of the inner circle of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government and then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had been exposed. It was also exposed that Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, who had paid Cabinet-level officials and public bank’s officers bribes to facilitate illegal transactions benefiting Iran under US sanctions.

After Erdoğan cast the case as a coup attempt to overthrow his government orchestrated by his political enemies, several prosecutors were removed from the case, police were reassigned and the investigation against Zarrab was dropped. Eventually, those police officers and jurists who had role in graft operations have been arrested and put in jail.

http://stockholmcf.org/judges-ozcelik-and-baser-sentenced-with-10-years-of-prison-over-alleged-gulen-links/

https://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2017/04/08/investigation-deepens-into-fetos-judges-prosecutors

Turkey: Woman Looking After Disabled Children Alone As Prosecutor Husband Under Arrest For 270 Days

April 24, 2017

Hacer Çakmak is only one of the hundreds of thousands of people who found themselves facing tremendous difficulties after the government started a desperate crackdown on the Gülen movement in the aftermath of a July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

She is a mother of three children, two of them disabled, and the wife of a Turkish judge Seyfullah Çakmak who has been under arrest in Kocaeli’s Kandıra Prison for 270 days.

Her two disabled children have been suffering from a genetic disease and they are in persistent vegetative state, however they are not able to benefit from public health insurance as the father’s bank account and assets were seized and his health coverage was canceled.

Hacer Çakmak has sent a letter to the Justice Held Hostage platform, a newly-established blog page aimed to spread the word by sharing personal stories of the judicial members who were victimized in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

What follows is the full text of the letter:

“Letter from Hacer Cakmak, wife of Seyfullah Cakmak,

My husband Seyfullah Cakmak, a former public prosecutor in Kocaeli [province], was arrested on 17 July 2016 and since has been kept in the Kocaeli No. 2 T-Type Prison. He has been imprisoned for 270 days with regard to the FETÖ investigations. 

For the last 37 days, he has been kept in solitary confinement. He is only allowed one hour access to fresh air and he is not allowed to do his exercise rights with a company. 

http://stockholmcf.org/woman-looking-after-disabled-children-alone-as-prosecutor-husband-under-arrest-for-270-days/

http://stockholmcf.org/wife-jailed-former-prosecutor-heavy-cancer-patient-needs-urgent-health-care/

https://turkeypurge.com/woman-looking-after-disabled-children-alone-as-prosecutor-husband-under-arrest-for-270-days

Turkey: Avukat Sürgüt 20 ay sonra hakim karşısında

21/04/14

deniz-surgit

Güneydoğu’da yaşanılan hak ihlali iddialarını raporlaştırmak için 6 Ağustos 2016’da, İdil’e giden avukat Deniz Sürgüt, tutuklandı. 20 aydır cezaevinde olan eski İnsan Hakları Derneği yöneticisi ve KHK ile kapatılan Özgürlükçü Hukukçular Derneği üyesi Sürgüt’ün duruşması bugün saat 10.00’da, Gümüşhane Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde görülmeye başlandı.

‘BİR TÜRLÜ MAHKEMEYE GÖTÜRÜLMEMİŞTİ’

Tutuklandıktan sonra ilk olarak Midyat Cezaevi’ne gönderilen Sürgüt, daha sonra Gümüşhane Cezaevi’ne sevk edildi. Sürgüt’ün 1’nci duruşması geçtiğimiz 1 Eylül tarihinde Midyat Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde görüldü. Sürgüt, 1 Eylül’de duruşmaya SEGBİS yoluyla katıldı. Geçtiğimiz 3 Kasım’daki ikinci duruşmada Sürgüt’ün mahkemeye getirilmesi bekleniyordu. Fakat mahkeme heyeti “güvenlik” gerekçesiyle Sürgüt’ün ifadesini SEGBİS yoluyla almak istedi. Bir türlü hakim karşısına çıkarılamayan Sürgüt’ün duruşması bugün Gümüşhane Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde görülüyor.

NE OLMUŞTU?

Özgürlükçü Hukukçular Derneği üyesi ve eski İnsan Hakları Derneği yöneticilerinden avukat Deniz Sürgüt, sokağa çıkma yasağı ilan edilen yerlerde yaşanılan hak ihlali iddialarını incelemek ve orman yangınlarını araştırmak için Şırnak’ın İdil ilçesine gitmişti. Sürgüt, İdil’de “örgüt üyesi olmak” iddiasıyla gözaltına alındı. Avukatları Sürgüt’ün gözaltında işkence gördüğüne dair ellerinde raporların mevcut olduğunu belirtiyorlar.

avukat-deniz-surgut-haber-ici

http://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/gundem/2017/04/21/20-ay-gecti-avukat-surgut-hakim-karsisinda/

(N.B. The trial of lawyer Deniz Sürgüt was held today but the judgment was transferred to the city of Gümüshane for security reasons.)

http://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/gundem/2017/04/22/tutuklu-avukat-iskenceye-maruz-kaldim/

Turkey: Joint statement by lawyers, judges, journalists on ongoing crackdown on rule of law in Turkey

April 20, 2017

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), and the European Association of Judges (EAJ) firmly condemn the ongoing widespread persecution of lawyers, journalists, judges and prosecutors in Turkey.

After the failed coup of 15 July 2016, the Turkish government declared a state of emergency and adopted 21 decree-laws, which led to a serious undermining of human rights and the rule of law across the country. Thousands of judges and prosecutors, and hundreds of journalists and lawyers have been dismissed from jobs, detained, or arrested. A widespread censorship on media has been put in place and hundreds of civil society organisations have been shut down. Several lawyers’ associations and the independent judges’ Association YARSAV have been closed down and their assets have been seized or frozen without compensation.

Currently there are around 2000 (out of 4088 dismissed) judges and prosecutors, 350 lawyers and 150 journalists and media workers being detained, with a further 867 lawyers being prosecuted. Most of them are being targeted solely for carrying out their professional activities, on the basis of alleged accusations of supporting terrorist organisations. In many cases, they are detained without charges and without being brought before a judge. When Turkish courts issue detention warrants, they order the freezing of assets, leaving the detained unable to support their families.

The adopted decree-laws undermine the right of the defence. In anti-terror legislation related cases, the detained have no access to a lawyer for the first five days of police custody, and this right can be suspended for up to six months. When access to a lawyer is authorised, lawyer-client confidentiality is violated: clients’ interviews in prisons are recorded and often take place with the presence of a police officer in the room, and documents are confiscated and checked. Furthermore, several non-governmental organisations have expressed their concern about frequent episodes of mistreatment against detainees.1

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-04-20/world-news/Joint-statement-by-lawyers-judges-journalists-on-ongoing-crackdown-on-rule-of-law-in-Turkey-6736173269

http://www.omct.org/monitoring-protection-mechanisms/urgent-interventions/european-union/2017/04/d24309/