All defendants acquitted in Saturday Mothers Trial

Kucukcekmece 1st Criminal Court of First Instance, the second hearing of the case opened against 14 Saturday Mothers, who were detained in the press statement they wanted to hold on 30 August 2022 at the Altınşehir Orphan Cemetery on the occasion of the International Day of the Enforced Disappeared, on the allegation of “not dispersing despite a warning by attending unlawful meetings and marches” is today. was made in.


To the trial. Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies Musa Piroğlu, Oya Ersoy, Filiz Kerestecioğlu, Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV), Human Rights Association (İHD), Memory Center and Media and Legal Studies Association (MLSA) representatives as well as many citizens attended.

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The defendants, who took the floor at the hearing, denied the accusations, stating that the trial was unlawful and against human rights.


The judge showed the footage showing the blocking of the press release in the courtroom.

In the footage, it was seen that the crowd reacted to the police and made statements that they had the right to assemble and protest.

Attorney Ahmet Cihan, who took the floor as a witness at the hearing, said, “This picture suits them. Our clients did not resist the decision. Hanifi Zengin also threatened to be taken into custody. Detention was committed arbitrarily,” he said.

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Cihan stated that his clients did not commit any crime and that a verdict of acquittal should be given.

Lawyer Several Ballıkaya said, “There is lawful action, unlawful interference.” Ballıkaya also stated that the district governor’s office, without doing any research, said “Okay” to the police’s request to ban the action. Ballıkaya drew attention to the fact that the ban decision was not communicated and said, “How do mothers who draw attention to the relatives of the disappeared disturb the public order? It is the district governorship and the police who disturb and violate the public order. The constitutional rights of our clients are also blocked.”

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After the lawyers’ statements, the prosecutor presented his opinion on the merits and demanded the acquittal of the defendants, stating that the action was within the scope of the constitutional right.

The court also acquitted 14 defendants in the case.

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