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Tens of thousands of barristers and prosecutors from 4 countries wrote a letter to President Erdogan about ongoing crackdown in Turkey

The Law Societies and bars representing tens of thousands of barristers and solicitors from four countries wrote a joint letter to Turkish President Erdogan to let public know about the concerns regarding the dismissal of 227 Judges and Prosecutors in late February as well as detention of UN Judge Aydin Sefa Akay.

The Law Society from England and Wales, the Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales, the Law Society of Scotland which is a professional body for over 11000 Scottish solicitors, the Faculty of Advocates which is for Lawyers in Scotland, the Law Society of N. Ireland that represents over 2800 solicitors in N. Ireland, the Law Society of Ireland which is a professional body for 10826 solicitor members, the Bar of N.Ireland which is the representative body for the barristers’ profession in Ireland, the Law Society of Ireland, and the Council of Bar of Ireland wrote a letter to Erdogan regarding to 227 judges and prosecutors were dismissed by the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors as part of investigations into the failed coup.

Lawyers and prosecutor representatives bodies from four countries; England and Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Northern Scotland also added that the bodies are “alarmed abut the arrest of Judge Aydin Sefa Akay who is a judge at the UN Mechanism for the Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and former Yugoslavia.”

Letter also stressed that these bodies are concerned the the recent developments in Turkey following the coup attempt are having a detrimental impact on the administration of justice and that such administration will become increasingly difficult after the dismissal of so many judicial officers.”

The letter is dated March 13th, 2017 and the full letter can be found here:

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