Persecution of Turkish Lawyers | May 2018, 24 Lawyers were sentenced

Bolu, 29 May |Lawyer Erol Altıntas was sentenced to nine years 

DeYKVXEXkAAPdYOLawyer Erol Altıntas who is former board member of Bolu Bar Association was sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison after 22-month pre-trial detention.

In wake of the attempted coup, Mr Altıntas was detained on 24.7.2016 and was released on 5.8.2016 but he was re-arrested same day after ruling party AKP’s regional chair’s intervention. He has been incarcerated since then and the Bolu High Assize Court decided to hold him in remand.

Adana, 29 May |Two more lawyers were sentenced in Adana

Adana 11th High Assize Court sentenced lawyers MD and ÖA to 1 year 6 months and 22 days with the charge of being the member of an armed terrorist organisation. So far, ten members of Adana Bar Association were sentenced with the terrorism charges.

Samsun, 16 May |Thirteen Members of Samsun Bar Association were sentenced to long prison terms 

Samsun 3rd High Assize Court convicted thirteen (13) lawyers of the membership to the armed terrorist organisation and sentenced them to ranging from two to ten and half years.

Thirteen lawyers who are members of the Samsun Bar Association were taken into custody on August 2016 in the wake of the failed coup attempt.

After 21-month trial, the Court sentenced:

  • lawyer Fevzi Cem Şenocak to 10½ years
  • lawyer Yusuf Zotluoğlu to 7½ years
  • lawyers Mustafa Kemal Açıcı, Zekeriya Albayrak, Serdar Kutlu, Neşe Yıldızoğlu, Fatma Şen to 6¼ years
  • lawyers Serdar Şenocak, Kemal Yıldız, Serdar Baskın, Elmas Çatar, Dilek Kütükçü ve Recep Bağ 1,5 years.

The Court also decided to hold lawyer Fevzi Cem Şenocak in remand.

Denizli, 9 May |Eight Members of Denizli Bar Association were sentenced to long prison terms 

Denizli 2nd High Assize Court convicted eight lawyers of the membership to the armed terrorist organisation and sentenced them to ranging from six to seven years.

Ten lawyers who are members of the Denizli Bar Association were taken into custody on August 2016 in the wake of the failed coup attempt. Eight of them, lawyers Muhammed İkbal Çil, Muammer Güler, Özcan Aksoy, Emre Karcı, Yusuf Yılmaz, Müdayi Kaplan, Hüdayi Kayhan, Mustafa Maskan were subsequently arrested because of their (alleged) links or affiliation to Gulen Movement.

After 20-month pre-trial detention, the Court sentenced lawyers Muhammed İkbal Çil, Muammer Güler, Özcan Aksoy to seven years and six months and decided to hold them in remand.

Lawyers Emre Karcı, Yusuf Yılmaz, Müdayi Kaplan, Hüdayi Kayhan, Mustafa Maskan were sentenced to six years in three months and released with probation by the court. They’ll serve the remaining term of the sentence If the convict was upheld by the Court of Cassation.



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