The CCBE has been following closely the situation of members of the Libertarian Lawyers’ Association (ÖHD) in Turkey

May 23rd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

In March 2016, nine Turkish lawyers belonging to the ÖHD were arrested after the police raided their homes. The lawyers were detained for three days, and could not attend the trial of one of their client, Abdullah Öcalan, one of the founding members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Shortly after their release, Hüseyin Bogatekin was detained again for a few days, along with Ayse Gösterişlioğlu. On 6 April, the police arrested Ramazan Demir and Ayşe Acinikli, who remain in detention. As the investigation files have been classified as confidential, no information is yet available concerning the charges against the two lawyers.

The CCBE has written letters to President Tayyip Erdoğan in March and May 2016 to express its concerns.