25/10/2007 | Writer: KAOS GL

October 19, 2007

Efforts by Turkish officials to close one of the country's leading LGBT organisations will have to wait until next year as a judge has ordered that legal experts compile a report.

A department of the Istanbul Governor's office responsible for non-governmental organisations alleges that the group, Lambda Istanbul, violates Turkish laws on morality.

They claim that Lambda violates both the Penal Code, as an association in violation of "law and morals," and Article 41 of the Turkish constitution, which is concerned with "the peace and welfare of the family."

At yesterday's trial, Lambda's lawyers presented the court with a report from a legal expert explaining why the group's work on LGBT rights was not in breach of morality codes.

The judge has ordered the prosecution to prepare a report of their own and the case was adjourned until January 31st 2008.

Lambda's lawyer, Firat S
Tags: human rights