Weekly Report: The Persecution On Turkish Lawyers (1-13 November)


Lawyer Selcuk Kozagacli who is the president of Progressive Lawyers Association that was shut down with an emergency decree was arrested in Istanbul after 5-day police custody. Today, Kozagacli was taken to the Istanbul Courthouse located in Çağlayan. After questioned by the prosecutor, he was referred to the Istanbul 10th Peace Criminal Judgeship for arrest and got arrested on the charge of to be the member of DHKP/C terrorist organization. Kozagacli and 15 other lawyers were prosecuted with the same accusation between 2013 and 2014 and were acquitted by Istanbul 23rd High Penal Court.


Many national and international law societies and bar associations denounced his detention and arrest.

Selçuk Kozağaçlı, who is one the most respected human rights defender of Turkey, has been representing the Soma Mine Disaster Victims, hunger strike activists Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakça and many other persecuted people.


Mr. Kozagacli’s arm was broken due to brutal police intervention is Soma. (May, 2014)

It is reported that Mr. Kozagacli was battered while he was taken into custody and now He is on hunger strike to protest unlawful detention.

Mr. Kozagacli revealed during the Ankara Bar Association’s general assembly on Oct. 16 that people imprisoned as part of a government crackdown on the Gülen movement are being systematically tortured in the most barbaric ways including rape, removal of nails and the insertion of objects into their anuses.

“They remove the nails of colleagues [during detention] at police stations. Believe me; I saw people who underwent a colostomy after they were tortured with objects inserted into their anuses in prison and police stations,” said Kozağaçlı.


40 lawyers who have been under arrest for months were indicted with the charge to be the member of the armed terrorist organization. Istanbul Public Prosecutor seeks up to 15 years prison sentence for lawyers Orhan Erdemli, Abdulkadir Şeker, Abdullah Şen, Adem Yılmaz, Ahmet Düzgün, Burak Kemal Tanrısever, Deniz Atmaca, Engin Emrah Biçer, Erdal Sarıkaya, Erol Ergüder, Gazi Tanır, Gültekin Avcı, Hasan Günaydın, Hürol Karadaş, Kadir Kökten, Kamil Ata, Kani Öztürk, Mehmet Öksüz, Metin Fatih Mergen, Muhittin Yılmaz, Murat Kılıç, Mustafa Aydın, Mustafa Çağlar Akgün, Nazif Aktaş, Onur Çeliktaş, Osman Yalçın, Önder Yılmaz, Rahmi Arslan, Selami Kurt, Selim Özkan, Seyfettin Dayan, Sıddık Filiz, Sinan Dengiz, Suphi Bat, Şeref Polat, Tayfun Aktaş, Ulvi Murat Atabey, Vural Ergül, Yılmaz Çiçek ve Yusuf Avni Kapacaoğlu.


Eight lawyers have been under police custody since 1st of November in Kastamonu with the charge to be the member of the armed terrorist organization. Since we have not reached more details yet, we can’t provide more information regarding the current situation of fellow lawyers.


Seven woman lawyers have been under police custody since 8th of November in Erzurum with the charge to be the member of the armed terrorist organization. Lawyers are still being held in Erzurum Police HQ to be interrogated by prosecutors.

On 10th October, former President of Erzurum Bar Association, lawyer Mehmet Guzel who is under arrest since 4th August 2016, was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment with charge of to run armed terrorist organisation; along with him, 4 other lawyers (MSB, SA, ŞYL, HD) also were sentenced range to 1 and 5 years imprisonment in Erzurum.

A lawyer was taken into  police custody on 2nd of November with charge to be member of Gulen Movement in Batman and released after interrogated by prosecutor.

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, 555 lawyers have been arrested and 1433 lawyers are under prosecution, 62 lawyers were sentenced to long imprisonment.  Some of the arrested lawyers were subjected torture and ill-treatment.

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  1. LAWYER SELCUK KOZAGACLI WAS ARRESTED – The Arrested Lawyers Initiative
  2. Turkey: Selçuk Kozağaçlı charged with “membership of an armed terrorist organization” | IAPL Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers
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