Defense lawyers boycott Sledgehammer coup trial hearing

May 04, 2012, Friday/ 17:51:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

None of the lawyers representing suspects in the Sledgehammer coup plot trial attended the 93rd hearing, held on Friday, in protest of the court’s decision not to examine all the digital recordings or hear from a number of witnesses.

The 93rd hearing of the Sledgehammer coup case was held at the İstanbul 10th High Criminal Court and attended by 104 jailed suspects as well as three suspects who are not imprisoned. Haluk Peşken, who represents 14 suspects and was to complete his defense on Friday, was also not in attendance.

Presiding Judge Ömer Diken said he had to end the hearing if none of the lawyers were going to show up.

In the meantime, retired Gen. Çetin Doğan, a key suspect in the case, rejected media claims suggesting that the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that his arrest in the Sledgehammer coup plot probe was legal and that the Turkish court’s decision to arrest him was based on legitimate and concrete evidence.

Doğan claimed that the ruling of the European court is distorted and said he will submit its translation to the Turkish court as it is in French.

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