On August 5, 2013, the trial court in the five-year old Ergenekon trial, alleging that military officers and secularist allies planned an unsuccessful coup to overthrow the elected Islamic-leaning government, the High Criminal Court handed down severe sentences based on thousands of pages of indictments, based on trials described by international observers as lacking due process.
Of the academics for whom CCS has been advocating, Dr. Mehmet Haberal received a sentence of twelve years and six months in prison was but subsequently released for having completed his sentence during the trial. Prof. Fatih Hilmioğlu has been sentenced to 23 years, and remains in jail. Dr. Kemal Guruz was sentenced to 13 years and 11 months. The defendants plan to appeal, CCS will support their right to protest these proceedings.
For more details about the defendants, see our Turkish archive.
- Scientists swept up in terrorism trials (nature.com)
- The Plot and the Ivory Tower: Scholars targeted in the Ergenekon Trial (humanrightsturkey.org)
- Turkish Court Hands Down Sentences in Coup Plot (nytimes.com)
- Analysis: Breaking down Turkey’s ‘Ergenekon’ coup case (jpost.com)