Friday, December 11, 2015

No right to military trial for Turkish Gendarmerie senior officers

A civilian court in Turkey has rejected an appeal by three senior officers of the Gendarmerie who claimed that they should be tried in a military court. Details here from Today's Zaman:

Ankara gendarmerie regional commander Maj. Gen. İbrahim Aydın, former Adana gendarmerie regional commander Brig. Gen. Hamza Celepoğlu and former Gendarmerie Criminal Laboratory head retired Col. Burhanettin Cihangiroğlu were detained on Nov. 28 and referred to an İstanbul court for arrest on Nov. 29. The İstanbul 2nd Penal Court of Peace ruled they be arrested following their trial shortly after midnight on Nov. 30.
The appeal petition had been filed by Celepoğlu's lawyer, Vural Ergül, who said his client is a soldier and the charges are related to his military duty and services. “Thus, the jurisdiction belongs to military courts,” the petition said, implying that the İstanbul 2nd Penal Court of Peace acted out of its jurisdiction by placing the military officials under arrest.

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