Weekly Report: The Persecution On Turkish Lawyers (2-8 October)

LAWYER AYHAN GUL WAS SENTENCED TO 9 YEARS IMPRISONMENT IN ADANA 

Lawyer Ayhan Gül who is member of Adana Bar Association was sentenced to 9 years 2 months imprisonment with charge on being member of armed terrorist organisation by Adana 11th High Penal Court on 4th October.

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Lawyer Gül who was released on the March of 2017 after 7-month pretrial arrest was re-arrested with the verdict of conviction.

LAWYER NAZMI DEGIRMENCI WAS SENTENCED TO 6 YEARS IMPRISONMENT IN ADANA

Lawyer Nazmi Değirmenci who is member of Adana Bar Association was sentenced to 6 years 3 months imprisonment with charge on being member of armed terrorist organisation by Adana 11th High Penal Court on 4th October.

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Lawyer Değirmenci who was arrested in the September of 2016, was released in the March of this year.

7 LAWYERS WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN THE PROVINCE OF MERSIN

On the 3rd October, detention warrant issued for lawyers Özgür Çağlar, Mehmet Altuntaş, Rıza Oğuz, Sebahat Gençtarih, Emrullah Şam, Ali Bozan, Onur Kale by the Mersin Prosecutorial Office.  While some of lawyers were taken into custody in their offices or homes, the remaining ones went themselves to the police HQ to surrender.

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After 4-day custody, all 7 lawyers were released with probation and travel ban.

The lawyers taken into custody are the executives or members of the Human Rights Association and the Progressive Lawyers Association. The Progressive Lawyers Association was shut down with decree by Erdogan Regime on the November of 2016.

 

LAWYER ERHAN ÇİFTÇİLER WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN THE PROVINCE OF VAN

Lawyer Erhan Çiftçiler who is member of Van Branch of the Libertarian Lawyers Association, was taken into custody on 3rd October in the province of Van and after 2-day custody, He was released with probation and travel ban on 5th October.

The Libertarian Lawyers Association was shut down with decree by Erdogan Regime on the November of 2016.

Situation in Turkey

As of 9th October 2017, 550 lawyers have been arrested (since 15th July 2016) and 1398 lawyers are under prosecution. So far, more than 20 lawyers were sentenced to long imprisonment. Some of the arrested lawyers were subjected torture and ill-treatment.

14 of detained or arrested lawyers are the presidents or former presidents of provincial bars associations.

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. 

So far; Erzincan 2nd High Penal Court sentenced lawyers Cemalettin Ozer and Talip Nayir who are (respectively) former president of Erzincan Bar Association and former board member of association 8 years 9 month and 10 years, Eskisehir 2nd High Penal Court sentenced 11 lawyers to range 4 to 12 years. Also Sivas 2nd High Penal Court and Adana 11th High Penal Court sentenced lawyers to ranging from 3 to 9 years imprisonment with charge on being member of armed terrorist organisation.

All persecuted lawyers are being charged with terror linked offences such as being member of armed terrorist organisation or to run armed terrorist organisation. Pursuant to Turkish Penal Code, these two offences require 7,5 to 22,5 years imprisonment.

In addition to these lawyers, at least 149 public (gov’t) attorneys & legal advisers, 108 law schools academics were dismissed with emergency decrees, most of them were also detained or arrested. As the most recent ring of Erdogan’s persecution chain, nine respected human rights defenders including the chair and director of Amnesty International Turkey Branch were arrested.

The Turkish government has also targeted Turkish lawyers’ right to association. 34 different lawyers’ societies or associations have been shut down since the declaration of the state of emergency. Following their closing down by a government decree, all their assets have also been confiscated without compensation.

Also, 5218 judges and prosecutors were dismissed and they were subsequently arrested. There are still 2600 judges and public prosecutors in prison with nearly 680 of them in solitary confinement.

According to The World Justice Project’s annual report entitled “Rule of Law Index 2016″, Turkey is on 99th rank amongst 113 countries. Turkey is on 105th rank in terms of “fundamental rights” and on 108th rank in terms of “constraints on government powers” amongst 113 countries.

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