Process in Istanbul: Why is the acquittal of Peter Steudtner is no reason to hope

A Turkish court has spoken on Friday of seven human rights activists of the Terror charges, four sentenced to other penalties, however, partially harsh. The ele

Process in Istanbul: Why is the acquittal of Peter Steudtner is no reason to hope

A Turkish court has spoken on Friday of seven human rights activists of the Terror charges, four sentenced to other penalties, however, partially harsh. The eleven representatives of Amnesty International were accused of alleged membership in a terrorist organization or the support of such. The Turkey is in the over sixty-year-old history of the human rights organization of the first state, the representative of Amnesty International to pursue because of their work on human rights, detain target and sentence, said the Secretary-General of Amnesty International Germany, Markus Beeko.

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the spokesman of Amnesty International, the judgments referred to as a "scandal" and a "disgrace". The accusations were absurd, there was no evidence for it. You will have the right of appeal and to an acquittal fight.In the process, which was international with a large attention followed, condemned the judges of the 35. Criminal court, the honorary Chairman of Amnesty International in Turkey, Taner Kilic, on account of "membership in a terrorist Organisation," referring to the Gülen movement, to a prison sentence of six years and three months.

With the sentencing Kilic loses his lawyer license. Because of the "support of a terrorist organization" were also condemned by the Turkish human rights activist Idil Eser, Günal Kursun and Özlem Dalkiran to imprisonment for a period of 25 months.

Kilic, founding member of Amnesty International in Turkey, was on 6. June 2017 in Izmir have been arrested. He sat longer than 400 days in detention. Against Kilic and the other Convicted of "a shred of evidence not before the sun". In an absurd process all of the unsubstantiated allegations had been refuted, say their defenders. The prosecution had based its allegations against Kilic primarily on the accusation that he had downloaded of 2014 on his mobile phone, the App "Bylock" that members of the Gülen movement replaced should have. Two police reports and four independent forensic reports have confirmed, however, that there is any evidence of that.

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during a workshop held by Amnesty International on 5. July 2017, on the island of Büyükada have been arrested. The arrests took place a year after the failed coup attempt and were part of a large wave of arrests. At the beginning of the proceedings, Taner Kilic, hit the "Buyukada-process" part.

The process had led to a deterioration of Turkish-German relations, as with Peter Steudtner is also a German citizen was among the detainees. Steudtner was on 25. October 2017 with seven other defendants released from custody and traveled to Germany. Prior to release from prison, the prosecution had submitted in the beginning of October 2017 for all eleven an indictment.

Updated Date: 03 July 2020, 16:19

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