Arrest warrants for prosecutors

Arrest warrants were issued for four prosecutors — former Adana Chief Public Prosecutor Suleyman Bairiyanik, former Adana Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor Ahmet Karaca, Adana Prosecutors Aziz Takci, Ozcan iiiman and former Adana provincial gendarmerie commander Col. Ozkan cokay — yesterday for the actions of gendarmes in two incidents in the southern provinces of Hatay and Adana after they received tip-offs about trucks carrying arms to Syria.

It was claimed that the trucks belonged to the National Intelligence Organization (MiT) and the prosecutors and the colonel revealed that Turkey was sending arms to Syria. Now they are facing charges regarding an quotattempt to topple or incapacitate the Turkish government through the use of force or coercion and obtaining and exposing information regarding the security and political activities of the state.quot

I’ve read the tweets of the wife of Bairiyanik. She said that her husband was stigmatized because of his actions in his previous posts in Kars and Elazii. Now, he is stigmatized as belonging to the other side. She added that if her husband was acting in accordance with the executive, he would have been appointed as the chief public prosecutor of Istanbul or Ankara, but today he is in jail.

Gendarmerie Col. cokay took himself to the palace of justice of Tarsus, where he has been detained. When journalists asked him about the reason for the detention, he said, “The gendarmerie should implement the law and we did!”

The Adana and Antalya Bar Associations issued two press releases protesting the arrests that touch its core concept. The Adana Bar Association said that “the government was caught red-handed in the event,” and the Antalya Bar Association said, “If judges could act without being subject to influence from the government and could decide according to their consciences, none of this would have happened.” In my opinion, this is the death of the law in Turkey. Last week, we saw judges detained and this week, public prosecutors who solely did their jobs in accordance with the law are arrested. It is the end of the law. Who can be sure about the security of their life and property? They are detaining judges, public prosecutors and security force members without any legal grounds. By the way, it is a clear example that it is a government policy to use detentions as a punishment. If you claim in a country that there is a chance that the chief public prosecutor or a judge will flee, you have to detain all suspects automatically. It is also another sign of the lack of legal security that the law is not applied even for judges and public prosecutors.

My readers know that I like to close my articles with quotes from internationally recognized intellectuals, academicians, philosophers, lawyers or opinion leaders. For the first time, I will use the same quote for the second time, because I could never find a better way to explain our situation. German protestant pastor Martin NiemOller said: “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.” We are all waiting our turn.