Lawyers in Turkey - October 2012 Information

The Law Society of Upper Canada  expresses its deep concern over the arrest, detention and prosecution of lawyers in Turkey

 

Reports received indicate that a number of lawyers were arrested in November and December 2011.  Thirty-six (36) of the lawyers have been subjected to excessive pre-trial detention, in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  On July 18, 2012, nine of the lawyers were released on conditions; however 27 lawyers remain in custody.  The trial has been adjourned to November 6, 2012.  According to the reports, the lawyers, who have acted on behalf of several members of the Kurdish political movement, were detained and charged as a result of their legal representation of their clients.

 

Letter of intervention