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Selçuk Kozağaçlı detained

Status: 
Charged
About the situation

On 13 November 2017, human rights defender and lawyer Selçuk Kozağaçlı was falsely charged with membership of an armed terrorist organisation, namely the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party (DHKP-C), which is recognized as a terrorist organisation in Turkey, and sent to Metris Prison.

About Selçuk Kozağaçlı

selcuk_kozagacli.jpgSelçuk Kozağaçlı is a lawyer, human rights defender and member of the People’s Law Office. He is well known for working on the “Soma Mine” disaster, the worst mine disaster in Turkey's history, in which 301 miners were killed. He is also the chair of the Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD), an association which focuses on the right to life and advocates for the prevention of all types of attack on fundamental rights and human dignity. The Progressive Lawyers’ Association was closed on 22 November 2016 by Statutory Decree No. 677 issued under the State of Emergency.

14 November 2017
Selçuk Kozağaçlı charged with “membership of an armed terrorist organization”

On 13 November 2017, human rights defender and lawyer Selçuk Kozağaçlı was falsely charged with membership of an armed terrorist organisation, namely the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party (DHKP-C), which is recognized as a terrorist organisation in Turkey, and sent to Metris Prison.

On the evening of 8 November 2017, Selçuk Kozağaçlı was taken into custody by a group of police officers as he made his way to a meeting with a number of Bar Association presidents and was brought to İstanbul Security Directorate’s Anti-Terror Branch.

On 13 November 2017, four days after his arrest, Selçuk Kozağaçlı was ordered to remain in pre-trial detention by an Istanbul judge as a result of the charges he faced. A trial date has yet to be set.

On 15 November 2017, the People’s Law Office reported that Selçuk Kozağaçlı was transferred from Metris Prison to the 9th Block of Istanbul Silivri Prison, a special unit dedicated to “terrorists”.

10 November 2017
Selçuk Kozağaçlı detained

On 8 November 2017, at around 10:00 pm, lawyer and human rights defender Selçuk Kozağaçlı was taken into custody and brought to İstanbul Security Directorate’s Anti-Terror Branch.

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On the evening of 8 November 2017, at approximately 10:00 pm, Selçuk Kozağaçlı encountered a group of police officers while walking to a meeting with a number of Bar Association presidents. The police officers stopped him, stating that there was a detention order against him, and forced him into a police vehicle.

On 9 November 2017, the Progressive Lawyers’ Association reported that Selçuk Kozağaçlı was taken into custody in connection with a pre-existing case against the People’s Law Office, following a witness testimony given on 8 November 2017. He has been on hunger strike since his detention, ingesting only water and sugar. He has stated that he will cease consuming water and sugar if he is not permitted to see a prosecutor within the next four days.

Front Line Defenders is concerned by the detention order against Selçuk Kozagaçlı as it is believed that he has been detained due to his work as a human rights lawyer.

Front Line Defenders urges the authorities in Turkey to:

1. Immediately and unconditionally release Selçuk Kozağaçlı, as Front Line Defenders believes that he is being held solely as a result of his legitimate and peaceful work in defence of human rights;

2. Take all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity and security of Selçuk Kozağaçlı;

3. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Turkey are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment.