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The Bar Association Denounces Turkish Government's Arrest of Erdogan Opposition  Lawyers  

Jan 19, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- The Bar Association denounced the measures which the Turkish government have taken against a group of lawyers from the Contemporary Lawyers' Association (CHD) in Turkey.

The Turkish government arrested 85 figures, among them 15 lawyers from the CHD. It also issued arrest warrants against leader of the CHD, Selcuk Kozagacli , and member of the CHD leadership in Istanbul, lawyer Oya Aslan.

Kozagacli and Aslan lately visited Syria to inspect the damages that affected the Syrian people and find common denominators to raise lawsuits against the Turkish government which is involved in the events in Syria.

They left Damascus last Thursday to Turkey after holding a lengthy meeting with the opposition Coalition of the Peaceful Change Forces, in addition to a series of other meetings with Syrian forces and figures.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Bar Association stressed that these measures "contradict all conventions and morals".

The Association called upon the Arab and international law organizations, particularly the Arab Lawyers Union, the International Union of Lawyers and the International Association of Lawyers, to take open and clear stances towards the Turkish government's measures against the lawyers of the CHD.

"Those lawyers' cause is our cause," the Bar Association said in its statement, stressing that all these law organizations shoulder the responsibility for which they were established until the Turkish lawyers are released.

The Association addressed a letter to the Head of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, Vedat Ihsan Kosar, calling upon him to follow up on the situation of the arrested lawyers.

It expressed its denunciation regarding arresting the lawyers just because they wanted to defend the right and bring lawsuits before the Turkish judiciary against those who robbed industrial facilities in Aleppo and other Syrian areas and who are committing terrorist acts supported, morally and financially, by the government of Erdogan and its partners.

In the same context, Syrian parties expressed condemnation of the Turkish government's arrest of 85 persons, including the 15 lawyers of CHD, describing the act as "immoral".

The Syrian Democratic National Bloc Party, the National Youth Party for Justice and Development and the Popular Front for Liberation and Change denounced in a statement the Turkish government's move, saying "It was a desperate attempt to prevent the opposition rising movement against polices of the Turkish Justice and Development Party from prosecuting Erdogan's Government on their involvement in crimes inside Syria.

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