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Head of Istanbul Bar Association, Ümit Kocasakal. DHA photo

Head of Istanbul Bar Association, Ümit Kocasakal. DHA photo

Head of the Istanbul Bar Association, Ümit Kocasakal, is among the 10 lawyers facing criminal charges for trying to influence the judicial process in the alleged coup case known as Balyoz (Sledgehammer).

The Istanbul 10th High Criminal Court, which is hearing the Balyoz case, filed a lawsuit to the Silivri Prosecutor’s office regarding the 10 lawyers, including Kocasakal, for making an unpermitted statement at the courthouse during the Balyoz trial on April 6, 2012, by taking the seats of the suspects’ lawyers. The prosecutor’s office completed the indictment against the 10 lawyers, who will be tried with prison terms of 2 to 4 years on charges of “attempts to prevent the judiciary’s job.”


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cezer "çapulcu" skonore

2/1/2013 7:55:53 PM

Particular prisons in Turkey are full of nice, educated, and harmless people. There is less chance that your wallet will be stollen in these prisons than be stollen outside.

Salih Salih

2/1/2013 1:38:59 PM

When I wonder will the pm be arrested and tried for attempting to influence the judiciary? Following his statements of "we have told the judiciary what to do"?

Michael Wray

2/1/2013 1:32:02 PM

Hasn't this government got any shame?

Faruk Beisser

2/1/2013 1:00:31 PM

Ah, yes, how lovely, thank you, Mr. Prosecutor, thank you Gülen/Erbakan AKP kangaroo court! Free speech is the ultimate terrorism possible and must be severely punished!
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