Turkey: 13 more Turkish lawyers convicted of arbitrarily terrorism provisions
After 21-month trial, Samsun 3rd High Assize Court convicted thirteen lawyers of the membership to the armed terrorist organisation and sentenced them to ranging from two to ten and half years. They are all being charged with terror-linked offenses.
Those lawyers are members of the Samsun Bar Association. They were taken into custody on August 2016 in the wake of the failed coup attempt.
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.
Since the 15th July Coup attempt, 402.000 individuals have been investigated, prosecuted and / or convicted for terrorism offences. Lawyers representing those individuals are often associated with their clients’ political views.
Those arbitrary prosecutions and convictions result mostly from the lack of legal definitions and criteria of the armed terrorist organization and the crime of membership in the armed terrorist organization.
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Moreover, the International Observatory for Lawyers was a partner of the conference held on March 5, 2018 in Berlin bringing together 70 lawyers, judges, representatives of NGOs and academics.
The group met to debate the question of whether the Court is providing appropriate remedies to Turkish citizens who have suffered violations of their rights since the attempted coup of July 2016.
The attached conference report gives not only a written record of the discussion may also some recommendations for the European Court of Human Rights and lawyers.