Human Rights

Lawyers Levent Pişkin and Cahit Kırkazak released

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Detained LGBTI activist and lawyer Levent Pişkin and lawyer Cahit Kırkazak have been released on conditions of judicial control and restriction on travelling abroad.

Detained after their meetings with arrested HDP Co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, LGBTI activist and Lawyer Levent Pişkin and lawyer Cahit Kırkazak have been released on conditions of judicial review and restriction on travelling abroad by Criminal Court of Peace in Bursa Courthouse.

In the scope of the same trial, interrogation of 7 other detainees sent to the court for arrest.

During his interrogation HDP’s Istanbul Provincial Executor and lawyer Levent Pişkin was accused with “organizing an international lobby activity against Turkey by publishing the note about the arrest of HDP Co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş via German Der Spiegel magazin”.

What happened?

Representing arrested HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş, attorney Levent Pişkin was taken into custody during a house raid in İstanbul at around 5 a.m. on November 14.

Before the detention, allegations took place in media outlets such as Takvim, Sabah, Ulusal Kanal that Pişkin and Kırkazak would send Demirtaş’s messages to a journal in Germany to be used for propaganda.

For Levent Pişkin a social media action with #LeventPişkinYalnızDeğildir hashtags.

Libertarian Lawyers’ Association (Özgürlükçü Hukukçular Derneği) in which he’s a member, Hakikat Adalet ve Hafıza Merkezi and İstanbul LGBTİ+ Pride Week Committee in which he’s working made a statement about his detention.

Boğaziçi University and Solidarity Network with Arressted Students (Tutuklu Öğrencilerle Dayanışma Ağı) published support messages for him.

In the international media his detention took attention as well. Paris Bar Association Grants Detained Attorney Pişkin Honorary Membership.

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