29 Mart 2018 Perşembe
Lawyers Who Toot Their Own Horns...
türkçe links to original Turkish article
(Sözcü Newspaper, 29 March 2018)
Honk if you like lawyers!...and then, a deafening silence...
In Uşak, more than 100 lawyers who are members of the Uşak Bar
Association, which has 350 members and 40 interns, came to the courthouse
parking lot to protest the allocation of only 15 parking spots for
their members' vehicles. Gürcan Sağcan, the head of the Bar Association,
and 31 other lawyers honked their car horns to accentuate their complaint.
However, in response the Uşak Public Prosecutor filed charges against the
honking lawyers, asking for 10-year jail sentences. The Public Prosecutor
asserted that the protesters were obstructing the movement of prison
vehicles by conducting their protest in the parking lot. Additionally,
the Public Prosecutor said that the rights of the prisoners in those
vehicles were being infringed by the protesters, too. (!)
The protesting lawyers, who are now being threatened with expulsion
from their profession, will be defended in court by Metin Feyzioğlu,
the head of the Turkish Bar Association, and his deputy Ünsal Toker,
as well as by Hakan Canduran, head of the Ankara Bar Association,
Aydın Özcan, head of the Izmir Bar Association, and Veli Küçük,
head of the Adana Bar Association, among others.