It seems as though Turkey have arrested 85 people including 15 lawyers from the Contemporary Lawyers Association (CHD). With the above arrests, the
Turkish government have issued further arrest warrants against a leader of the CHD and another member of the CHD.
Kozagacli and Aslan lately visited Syria to inspect the damages that affected the Syrian people and find common denominators to raise lawsuits
against the Turkish government which is involved in the events in Syria.
They left Damascus last Thursday to Turkey after holding a lengthy meeting with the opposition Coalition of the Peaceful Change Forces, in addition to
a series of other meetings with Syrian forces and figures.
The two who have been issued with warrants have recently returned from Syria meeting with opposition groups and the current government also. They
inspected damages to the Syrian people and have apparently found just reasons to raise lawsuits against the Turkish leadership.
"Those lawyers' cause is our cause," the Bar Association said in its statement, stressing that all these law organizations shoulder the
responsibility for which they were established until the Turkish lawyers are released.
The Association addressed a letter to the Head of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, Vedat Ihsan Kosar, calling upon him to follow up on the
situation of the arrested lawyers.
It expressed its denunciation regarding arresting the lawyers just because they wanted to defend the right and bring lawsuits before the Turkish
judiciary against those who robbed industrial facilities in Aleppo and other Syrian areas and who are committing terrorist acts supported, morally and
financially, by the government of Erdogan and its partners.
In the same context, Syrian parties expressed condemnation of the Turkish government's arrest of 85 persons, including the 15 lawyers of CHD,
describing the act as "immoral".
From what I am gathering the Turkish government have issued the arrests to keep these people from going ahead with the lawsuits or at the very least
to keep them quiet. With that, could it also lead to lawsuits against other countries supporting the opposition in Syria?
I will say that this source has come from SANA so I don't know how credible the information actually is but there is also a video with a Turkish
lawyer speaking about the same issue on the SANA news. With that heres some information about the Bar Association of Instanbul.
Istanbul Bar Association is now one of the
biggest Bar Associations all around the world having more than 29000 members. In the 2010-2012 term, Attorney-At-Law Assoc. Prof. Ümit Kocasakal
fulfilled the presidency of İstanbul Bar Association. In the last presidential election, Kocasakal was re-elected as the President of Istanbul Bar
Association. He will be fulfilling his duty as the President of Istanbul Bar Association for the term 2012-2014
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