Government plans to use Gezi trial ruling in election campaign

Istanbul CHP MP Mahmut Tanal Visits Jailed Businessman Osman Kavala in Jail; He said that “the government plans to take whatever decision it wants from the Gezi trial and use it in the election campaign in the future, and they and society have been victimized and the judiciary was discredited for the sake of the elections. Material.”


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Istanbul CHP MP Mahmut Tanal visited Osman Kavala, Tayfun Kahraman, Can Atalay and Hakan Altınay, who were convicted in the Gezi trial, at Silivri prison, where they are being held today.

Tanal, who made a statement about the meeting outside of prison; Kavala said Kahraman, Atalay and Altınay congratulated everyone on Eid al-Fitr. Tanal also conveyed the messages of businessman Kavala, urban planner Tayfun Kahraman, lawyer Can Atalay and political scientist Hakan Altınay, whom he met at Silivri prison.


The messages conveyed by Osman Kavala, Tayfun Kahraman, Can Atalay and Hakan Altınay via CHP’s Tanal are as follows:

OSMAN KAVALA: “On November 1, 2017, I was arrested on two separate counts for funding the Gezi protests and participating in the July 15 coup attempt. The indictment for the July 15 coup attempt was not prepared, although it should have been published within 2 years. Meanwhile, the 30th High Criminal Court in Istanbul issued an acquittal verdict for Gezi. Because of July 15, they evacuated me automatically. This time they arrested me for espionage. Just to keep me inside, this time they took a spy wire.

The 30th High Criminal Court in Istanbul takes into account the principle that “the fruit of a poisonous tree is also poisonous” when acquitting everyone involved in the Gezi case. In other words, conclusions obtained by illegal methods cannot be accepted as evidence. After this decision, the Court of Appeal issued a decision of annulment. The case returned to the 30th High Criminal Court in Istanbul. The Çarşı case, on the other hand, was pending before the 13th High Criminal Court in Istanbul. After the correspondence between the two courts, the Gezi and Çarşı files were merged. In fact, the place where our case should have been heard was the 30th High Criminal Court in Istanbul. This court took the evidence. Subsequently, the two cases were merged and separated again. The 13th High Criminal Court of Istanbul transferred the Çarşı case, which should have been handled, to another place. He got up and acted like he was handling the Gezi case himself. When he should have sent the Gezi file to the 30th High Criminal Court in Istanbul, he examined it himself.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that there was no reasonable suspicion or sufficient evidence to justify the detention of Osman Kavala. The 13th High Criminal Court of Istanbul, on the other hand, sentenced me to aggravated life imprisonment on the basis of the same evidence, without adding new evidence to the file, despite the decision of the HR Court of violation of rights for insufficiency suspicions and evidence. The 30th High Criminal Court in Istanbul had already delivered a verdict of acquittal. The ECHR said: “Your evidence does not require an arrest. There is no reasonable doubt,” he says, but the 13th High Criminal Court in Istanbul convicted me based on the same evidence.


The government is using the judiciary here. I was fined for a baseless allegation. This punishment is contrary to reason and logic! The government makes whatever decision it wants through the court with whatever allegations it makes and uses it in future elections, victimizing us, victimizing society and discrediting the judiciary. How does a person who has been a judge for 2 years, who is a candidate for the parliament of the AKP, become a member of the heavy criminal court and play with people’s future and live in a heavy sentence, and give a life sentence?

TYPHOON HEROES: “I have already been investigated regarding Gezi’s charges and a decision not to prosecute has been issued. The decision not to prosecute has become final. Now I am punished. At that time, talks were held with the government wing twice about Gezi Park. We first met Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç on June 6, 2013. Our meeting with Arınç was very healthy and positive. On June 13, 2013, we met then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The meeting with Erdogan was very hard. We forwarded the demands, Erdogan got very angry.

A public conscience has arisen because of the unjust and illegal police attack on us in Gezi. When we were beaten by the police, the conscience of society acted and society was troubled. All layers of society came to support us. All those who opposed it came out in solidarity.

At that time, I was the spokesperson for Taksim Solidarity. At the same time, I was chairman of the board of directors of the Istanbul branch of the chamber of urban planners of TMMOB. We have in fact acted as an interpreter and mediator between the people and the government by conveying the objections of society to the government. While transmitting them to the government, we have always preserved our official style and language. I used the expression “Mr. Prime Minister” after meeting Erdoğan on June 13, 2013. Because there is an elected government. We have to respect that. We showed respect. Those who want to try to overthrow the government do not use the expression “Mr. Prime Minister”. Moreover, the statements we made after this meeting are obvious. We have had no calls or rhetoric to provoke society and call on the government to resign.

We are the real victims. We were both beaten by the police and accused of trying to overthrow the government. There is no such case in world literature! I am academic. At the same time, I am the head of the Chamber of Town Planners TMMOB. Until today, we have always defended the laws of the cities against those who committed urban crimes. No evidence was filed. No witnesses were heard. They didn’t show us what they call the bands and tapes. They said tapes, but there must be sound recordings. Voice recordings should match conversations. Those who designed the tapes are imprisoned by FETO. The words of Meral Akşener, president of the IYI party, “Down with tyranny, long live freedom” are very precious. I would like to express my thanks and greetings to Mr. Akşener for these words.

CAN ATALAY: “I also acted as a lawyer in the Soma Mining massacre case, the Aladağ dormitory fire case and the elevator disaster case. Wherever there was a struggle for rights and the law, I provided my support as a lawyer. These things were done to me in order to scare and intimidate those who fight for their rights over me. In fact, the reason for the Gezi protests was the government bans on April 23, October 29 and May 19. It was called “two drunks”. There have been rumors about abortion. “I don’t believe in equality between women and men,” they said. We said, “I can barely keep 50% at home”. Incidents of surveillance, wiretapping and phone calls erupted without a court order. The government controlled social media, there were bans. At that time, no permission was given to Taksim on the pretext that there were potholes on May 1st Labor Day. But it was allowed during the championship celebrations.

A climate of oppression has inevitably arisen in society due to the government’s equally marginalizing and discriminatory rhetoric and prohibitions. All of these and similar events revealed Gezi. In previous non-prosecution and acquittal rulings, it was emphasized that Gezi was expressing democratic demands in terms of human rights and that there was no unlawful action. These punishments were given to us in order to scare and intimidate people who will make democratic claims in the future. There is a case made for politics. This decision was taken in order to give substance to the policy in the future.

HAKAN ALTINAY: “This case was brought up to scare and intimidate society. There is no evidence that we have committed a crime. Consequently, Mr. President, the one he targets is punished. There is no fair trial. We were punished because of the political climate. (PHOENIX)

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