Turkey: Judicial farce continues as authorities once again fail to produce evidence against Taner and the Istanbul 10

Responding to the decision by an Istanbul court to further postpone the trial of Amnesty International Turkey’s Honorary Chair, Taner Kılıç, former Director, İdil Eser, and nine other human rights defenders, Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s Turkey Strategy and Research Manager said:

The farce continues for these human rights defenders who are facing absurd terrorism charges. The ridiculous allegations that the Istanbul 10 participated in a secret and subversive meeting has been proven to be entirely untrue in previous hearings. It boggles the mind that the authorities are yet to analyse the digital devices seized when they were first arrested almost a year-and-a-half ago.

It boggles the mind that the authorities are yet to analyse the digital devices seized when they were first arrested almost a year-and-a-half ago
Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International

“The trial has now been heard in six separate hearings. Dragging out proceedings in politically motivated cases is nothing new. It is a deliberate tactic forcing innocent human rights defenders to suffer a tortuous wait with the threat of conviction under terrorism charges hanging over their heads.

Turning defenders into defendants is despicable
Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International

“Turning defenders into defendants is despicable. We will never give up fighting for the Istanbul 10 and Taner. They must be acquitted without further delay and prosecutions of people merely for defending human rights must end.”

The trial was postponed until 21 March, 2019. Taner Kılıç’s travel ban was not lifted.