The 20 Members of Konya Bar Association Including Former President Kayacan were sentenced range to 2 and 11 years imprisonment

The members of Konya Bar Association who are the first victim of the systematic crackdown against lawyers within the scope of post-July persecution were sentenced range to 2 and 11 years after 16-month arrest.

Only five days after the failed coup attempt, on 21st of July 2016 detention warrant issued for 45 members of Konya Bar Association including the president (of the bar) Fevzi Kayacan and 20 lawyers subsequently, have been arrested.

At the hearing dated 2/8/2017, prosecutor declared his opinion as to the accusations and asked 38 lawyers to be convicted of terror-related crimes and seven lawyers to acquit. Today (25/10/2017) Konya 6th High Penal Court, sentenced 20 lawyers (including former president  of the Konya Bar Association Kayacan) range to 2 and 11 years imprisonment.

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Fevzi Kayacan, Former President of Konya Bar Association was sentenced to 10,5 years. Mr. Kayacan is under arrest since July of 2016. He resigned from the presidency of the bar after getting arrested.

 

The Court sentenced;

 

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The 20 Members of Konya Bar Association were sentenced range to 2 and 11 years only because of doing their profession with integrity.

The court also decided to remand lawyers Fevzi Kayacan, Berat Alper Kösterik, Erhan Şahin, Osman Buğur, Ahmet Bal, Mehmet Yıldırım, Mehmet Şimşek, Özgür Solak despite they have been under arrest for 16 months.

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 27th October 2017, 555 lawyers have been arrested (since 15th July) & 1415 lawyers are under prosecution. So far,  59 lawyers were sentenced to lengthy imprisonment. Some of the lawyers were subjected torture and ill-treatment.

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

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

So far,  59 Turkish lawyers were sentenced to long imprisonment. 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,  Erzurum 2nd High Penal Court sentenced Mehmet Güzel who is former president of Erzurum Bar Association and 4 other lawyer range to 1 and 13 years, Eskisehir 2nd High Penal Court sentenced 11 lawyers to range 4 to 12 years. Sivas 2nd High Penal Court and Adana 11th High Penal Court sentenced lawyers to ranging from 3 to 9 years imprisonment with the charge of being the member of the armed terrorist organisation.

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, ten 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 free 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. (For our all reports go to https://arrestedlawyers.org/category/reports/)

also see: https://arrestedlawyers.org/2017/08/04/the-45-members-of-konya-bar-association-including-former-president-are-under-danger-of-long-imprisonment/



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