Turkey detains 4 lawyers on ‘trumped-up charges,’ says jurists association

Turkish authorities have detained four lawyers from the Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD), the T24 news website reported.

The ÇHD announced that members Betül Vangölü Koza?açl?, Seda ?arald?, Didem Baydar Ünsal and Berrak Ça?lar were detained on what it said were trumped-up charges, condemning the physical violence in the law enforcement raids that damaged the lawyers’ offices.

While the lawyers’ group did not disclose the accusations against the detainees, some Turkish media outlets highlighted the timing of the detentions, which followed a deadly attack in front of ?stanbul’s main courthouse on Tuesday.

The attack led to the death of two assailants and a bystander, leaving three police officers and two civilians injured.

Turkish authorities said the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) was behind the attack.

Leftist and progressive lawyers groups frequently face detentions and investigations in Turkey, where lawyers risk being targeted by the authorities due to the identity of their clients.

Many legal professionals have in recent years been charged with the same crimes as the clients that they represented.

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Turkey detains 4 lawyers on ‘trumped-up charges,’ says jurists association