Turkish journalist Cevheri Guven reports that the most crucial evidence that might lead to the discovery of the perpetrator of the assassination of Tahir Elci was removed from the investigation file and spoliated in the Turkish Institution of Forensic Medicine. According to a bombshell news story published in Boldmedya spoliation of the evidence was carried out at the order of the President of the Institution of Forensic Medicine.
Today in Crackdown
Hasta la fecha, más de 1500 abogados han sido procesados y 599 han sido arrestados. 321 abogados han sido condenados a 2022 años de prisión por pertenencia a una organización terrorista armada o por difundir propaganda terrorista.
The judicial year starts on 1st of September every year in Turkey. The judicial recess which starts 20th of July ends on 1st of September. Since, 1 September, 2019 is Sunday, Judicial Year opening ceremony will take place on 2 September in… Read More ›
Turkish bar associations are revolting against Government’s unlawful pressure on the judiciary and the legal profession as a whole. Over 50 bar associations representing 95% of all Turkish lawyers are slating the Court of Cassation over its decision to hold… Read More ›
Suspicions and concerns continue about the four victims of enforced disappearance as the Ankara Court has decided to remand them
Özgür Kaya, Erkan Irmak, Yasin Ugan and Salim Zeybek who had been missing since February 2019, unexpectedly turned out in police custody on 29th of July.
Despite Ankara Provincial Security Directorate (Police) claims that the persons in question were detained in front of Ankara Police HQ during a routine police control, experts who have been closely following their disappearance believe that the detention of the victims has been staged so as to disguise Turkish Intel’s involvement in their disappearence.
Ankara Regional Appeal court upheld the sentence given to Gulen’s lawyer, Nurullah Albayrak who is the member of the Ankara Bar Association.
Ankara Regional Appeal court, which had considered the appeal, last week upheld the two-year prison term given by the Ankara 9th Heavy Penal Court. In a separate case, life imprisonment is being sought for Albayrak for leading of an armed terrorist organization.
Since the coup attempt of 2016, 311 Turkish lawyers have been convicted to a total of 1967 years in prison under Turkey’s Anti-Terror Legislation.
On the third anniversary of 2016’s coup attempt, Celal Uzunkaya who is general director of the Turkey’s General Directorate of Security (National Police) admits that 540,000 individuals have been detained on grounds of their alleged cohesion or connection with the Gulen Movement / Structure which is outlawed by the Turkish Government after the coup attempt.
The @ArrestedLawyers Initiative published a factsheet titled Enforced Disappearances and Turkey. To download the factsheet as a pdf document click here.
Top bureaucrat of the Minister of Justice who has affiliation with extremist groups was appointed to the Constitutional Court
Turkish Judiciary’s the highest ranking bureaucrat, Selahattin Menteş who is undersecretary of the Justice Minister and former chair of the Inquiry Commission for State of Emergency Measures has been appointed to the Turkish Constitutionalists Court.
Mr. Mentes is a controversial name because of his affiliation with extremist cleric Nurettin Yildiz and lunatic hate-speech giver Kadir Misirlioglu.
Another controversial aspect of this appointment is that Mr Mentes is the former chair of the Inquiry Commission for State of Emergency Measures. During his term he signed thousands of decisions dismissing appeals of those who were purged under Emergency Decrees. Mr Mentes, as a Constitutional Court judge, will now have authority to consider appeals lodged against his own decisions.
By today’s appointment, the number of the members of the Constitutional Court who have been appointed by Erdogan has increased to seven out 17.
Four lawyers work in People’s Law Office in Istanbul were detained with a police raid on 20 July 2019. Lawyers Aysegul Cagatay, Nadide Ozdemir, Görkem Agdede and Ebru Timtik who are the members of Istanbul Bar Association have been arrested… Read More ›
According to our survey there is a steady increase in the use of anti-terrorism law on individuals by public prosecutors. In 2017 and 2018, public prosecutors have indicted more than 300.000 individuals under 309-316 of Turkish Penal Code which stipulate crimes against the Constitutional Order.
Words of the Turkish lawyer who was subjected to torture in Ankara:
‘They removed my clothes 2 times. The department manager said such things as if I would make him dishonor me with a baton.’
Trabzon High Penal Court sentenced four lawyers including the former president of Trabzon Bar Association under Article 314 of the Turkish Penal Code which stipulates membership to an armed organisation. Lawyers Orhan Ongoz, Hüseyin Yılmaz, Selman Bitiş, Mustafa Öngün who… Read More ›
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s security guards detained and beat an Istanbul lawyer for insulting the president after questioning blocked traffic at the site of a wedding ceremony attended by Erdoğan, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Tuesday. The incident took place… Read More ›