Eskisehir 2nd High Penal Court (which is speacially authorized to adjudge terror linked cases) sentenced 11 lawyers to range 4 to 12 years imprisonment. 13 lawyers who were taken into custody in 30th August 2016 and 8 of them have been arrested in 2nd of October 2016 after 30-day police custody. Last week 12 lawyers were sentenced to range 4 to 12 years imprisonment and one lawyer acquitted.
11 lawyers were sentenced with terror linked offences such as being member of armed terrorist organisation or to run armed terrorist organisation. The Court released 6 of 11 convicted lawyers but decided to keep remaining 5 lawyers under arrest during appeal procedure.
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 and arrested on trumped-up charges as part of criminal investigations orchestrated by the political authorities and conducted by provincial public prosecutors. As of today, 522 lawyers have been arrested and 1315 lawyers are under prosecution.