18 lawyers were sentenced to some 160 years in prison by Istanbul 37th Assize Court under Article 314 of the Turkish Penal Code which stipulates the armed terrorist organization. So far, Turkey have sentenced 248 lawyers to 1603 years in prison.
Today in Crackdown
24th of January is Day of the Endangered Lawyers. 2019 is dedicated to Turkish lawyers who have been subjected to a relentless crackdown. Our latest report has revealed that in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, 1,546 lawyers have… Read More ›
On the occasion of Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2019, the Arrested Lawyers Initiative has worked with two great artists, Mr Carlos Latuff and Mr Aseem Triverdi, to raise awareness on the plight of Turkish lawyers.
In the November, 15 Turkish lawyers have been convicted of terrorism related charges. According to data compiled by our initiative monitoring action in daily basis, 593 lawyers have been arrested since the July of 2016, moreover, 208 of those lawyers have been sentenced to long imprisonment, ranging from 2 to 14 years, with the charge of being member of an armed terrorist organisation.
Bursa 2nd and 10th Assize Courts have sentenced 10 lawyers to long imprisonment after two-year trial. As of today, 593 lawyers have been arrested and 208 lawyers were sentenced to long imprisonment. Some of the arrested lawyers were subjected torture and ill-treatment.
25 October | Kayseri| Kayseri Court sentences Murat Sen who is professor of law, twelve years in prison Murat Sen, professor of law and the last dean of the dissolved Meliksah University Law School has been sentenced to twelve years… Read More ›
We, The Arrested Lawyers Initiative, sincerely congratulate your European Lawyers Day.
Lawyers are the sine qua non of rule of law and fair, independent, impartial judiciary and also the most important and effective safeguard against torture and ill-treatment. As of 25th October 2018, 590 lawyers have been arrested (since 15th July) & 1548 lawyers are under prosecution. So far, 196 lawyers were sentenced to long imprisonment. Some of the arrested lawyers were subjected torture and ill-treatment.
Peace Criminal Judge Gorkem Bayraktutan, who has only two years of experience, argued that Mr Kavili’s motive is not performing the profession of defence but demonstrating his client and himself as victim by doing reverse psychology (ters psikoloji) and trying to vindicate in the case by doing so. Judge continued his decision as follows “suspect’s behaviors in question are newsworthy and causing public indignation’ and decided to arrest lawyer Mr. Kavili.
A Turkish court that had ruled for the release of 17 lawyers, most of whom have been imprisoned since September 2017 on accusations of “membership in an armed terrorist organization,” has decided to arrest 12 of them again due to… Read More ›
According to our survey there is a steady increase in the use of anti-terrorism law on individuals by public prosecutors. So, while 8,324 people were indicted under Article 314 of the TPC in 2013, 146,718 people were indicted under the same article in 2017. Statistics highlight that Turkey has indicted 221,366 people with the charges of being member or leader of an armed terrorist organization within last five years.
Statistics also indicate that, in 2017, Turkish prosecutors have opened investigations against 527.154 individuals on suspicion of the crimes against the Constitutional order.
Turkish Interior Minister Soylu defames Diyarbakır Bar Association in Southeast as terror affiliated
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu claimed that all non-governmental organisations and Diyarbakır Bar associations in the country’s southeast are affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), during an interview he gave to Turkey’s state-run TRT Haber. Assessing the developments… Read More ›
Denizli 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. By this latest decision to convict, numbers of Turkish lawyers so far have been convicted of terrorism-related offences since 15th July 2016 raised to 138.
Denizli 2nd High Assize Court convicted eight lawyers of the membership to the armed terrorist organisation. Numbers of Turkish lawyers so far have been convicted of terrorism-related offences since 15th July 2016 raised to 125.
Urgent Action Call: Stop arbitrary arrest and denial of medical treatment in prison for terminally ill Lawyer Mustafa Aydin.