The Gezi trial is the embodiment of hostile criminal law. Within the scope of this case, actions which, in an average democratic country, would amount to gathering and marching in demonstration, have been criminalized due to certain »political motives« at the highest level of the state. Due to the gaps, irrational inconsistencies, and arbitrary specifications they contain, the indictments have done irreparable damage to Turkey’s justice system.
Eight people who are alleged to have organized the demonstrations were sentenced to 18 years in prison under TCK 312/1, one of the most severe charges in the Turkish Criminal Code (»attempting to overthrow the government of the Republic of Turkey or prevent it from performing its duties by use of force and violence«), with one sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment. There is an ongoing threat of prosecution, or – more accurately – punishment, for nine individuals for whom an arrest warrant has been issued. Despite ten years having passed since the events, dozens of people who took part in the investigation led by specially authorized prosecutors have yet to appear before the court and are said to be in the »second chamber«, and are still facing the same threat of punishment.
Curated by CAN DÜNDAR
Im Rahmen des 6. Berliner Herbstsalon GEZİ – TEN YEARS AFTER. Ein Prolog im Frühling.