According to the principle of ‘Non Bis Idem’, it is not possible for me to be tried again for the same crime.

CHP Eskişehir Deputy Utku Çakırözer conveyed their messages after meeting Mücelle Yapıcı, Çiğdem Mater and Mine Özerden, who were convicted in the Gezi trial, at Bakırköy Women’s Prison. In the message he sent via Çakırözer, Yapıcı said, “We have been acquitted of five people in the lawsuit filed in 2014. And this acquittal has been finalized. Therefore, it is not possible for me to be tried again for the same crime, according to the principle of ‘Non Bis İdem’, which has been a universal rule since ancient Rome,” said.

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CHP Eskişehir Deputy Utku Çakırözer met with Mücella Yapıcı, Çiğdem Mater and Mine Özerdem, who were sentenced to 18 years in prison in the Gezi trial and remained in Istanbul Bakırköy Women’s Prison.

SENDING ARINÇ, FLOWER, BABACAN AND DAVUTOĞLU

Özerden, Yapıcı and Mater, whom Çakırözer visited at Bakırköy prison, gave the following messages:

From Mine Ozer:

“We have been arrested completely unjustly by murdering the law. Not the power of law, but the law of power works. While one judge clearly says there is no crime, no evidence, that they must be acquitted, the other judge, who was an AKP candidate, gives us the heaviest sentences. How is this justice? It’s a performance that we can’t even call theater. In addition, there is another problem that is coming our way. Look, all ministers of the 61st government, Arınç, Çiçek, Babacan and Davutoğlu are against us as victims in this case. There are 740 customers in total. None of them withdrew their complaint. Politicians are also expected to have a certain dignity.

MAKER: EVEN HOW WE AGE, THE HEART IS THE SAME

Mucella manufacturer:

“Even though we grow old, the heart is the same heart!” Keep on fighting! We are motionless. Happy holidays to everyone. I said it in court. I repeat: in the case opened in 2014, we were acquitted of five people. And he was acquitted. Therefore, according to the principle of ‘Non Bis Idem’, which has been a universal rule since ancient Rome, it is not possible for me to be tried again for the same crime. Great anarchy. They arrested us because we had a suspicion of escape. However, I went to overseas meetings three times while the case was ongoing. If I had to run, I would run.”

(Non bis İdem: Paragraph 7 of Article 223 of the Code of Criminal Procedure regulates the non bis in İdem principle. The ne bis in İdem principle means that the same person cannot be prosecuted or sentenced more than once for the same act. A single penalty is imposed on the author of the same act. With this principle, the State is subject to the prohibition of double trials and punishing the same person.)

MATER: THEY SAY ‘THEY SUSPECT THE LEAK’, I LEFT MY JOB IN GERMANY!

Cigdem Mater:

“We are very good here in prison because we know we are very right. We also have the support of the general public. We feel them envelop us. But that’s not just our problem. This is the law of Turkey. In other words, the common feeling shared by everyone is this: These things can happen to us one day! That’s why it’s not just about Osman, Mücella, Çiğdem, those 8 people. Turkey’s legal struggle, the fight for justice. Listen, I quit my job, my project in Germany and came here. I came back knowing that my passport would be taken from me when I arrived. Now they say there is a hint of escape, we arrest him for that. I do not accept this mentality and we will oppose our detention in every judicial body.

Noting that Yapıcı celebrated his 71st birthday, Çakırözer said:

“It is a great injustice and illegality for these people to enter their new era and vacation in prison. They are also watching the reaction of millions of people in Turkey to this unjust punishment inflicted on them. They are happy that Turkey claims Gezi Here we would like to say once again that it is a great illegality to be detained here on the grounds that “there is a suspicion of flight abroad”, to be sentenced to 18 years prison, and to be detained here before the verdict is finalized. They must regain their freedom as soon as possible. Even during the trial, these people came and went if they had meetings abroad. For example, Çiğdem Mater came because of the trial while she was in Germany. Mücella went abroad two or three times during this period.

“THOUGHTFUL CRIMES IN TURKEY MUST END NOW”

That is why it is unacceptable that these people are now being arrested on the grounds that they have “a suspicious escape” and are being deprived of their families and loved ones. The effort to make Gezi’s resistance a crime is futile. That’s why we should free our people as soon as possible instead of rotting them in prison. These unfair, illegal and unjust trials must end and efforts to create crime in Gezi must be abandoned. Political trials and criminals of conscience are Turkey’s shame. This damages Turkey’s reputation. Now Turkey should get rid of this shame. I thought the crimes had to stop in Turkey now.

(PHOENIX)

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