Dozens of lawyers on Monday filed objections against the arrest of nine of their colleagues in an operation against the terrorist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) last week.
More than 50 suspected members of the DHKP/C, including nine lawyers affiliated with the Contemporary Lawyers' Association (ÇHD), were arrested and sent to jail last week while several more were released pending trial.
Among the lawyers arrested are ÇHD President Selçuk Bozağaçlı and ÇHD İstanbul branch Chairman Taylan Tanay.
A group of lawyers from the ÇHD gathered in front of a courthouse in İstanbul's Çağlayan district on Monday to protest the arrest of nine of their colleagues. They carried a banner that read: “Arrested lawyers should be released.”
Speaking on behalf of the group, Efkan Bolaç, who was briefly detained in the same operation last week, said: “These attacks against our association and colleagues are an overall attack on all circles that keep social opposition alive.”
Bolaç said the lawyers were arrested based on fake documents and without any real evidence against them. He claimed that his colleagues who were sent to Kandıra Prison have been subjected to physical violence in prison.
The lawyers submitted a petition bearing 78 of their signatures to the İstanbul court, demanding the release of the arrested lawyers.
The arrests followed a major police crackdown on the terrorist group in mid January. On Jan. 18, police raided the homes of a number of suspected members of the DHKP/C in several cities, including İstanbul, Ankara and İzmir. The lawyers were reportedly held on accusations that they were receiving messages and orders from jailed leaders of the terrorist DHKP/C.