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(en) Historical punishment for Mehmet Tarhan* [tr]

Date Thu, 11 Aug 2005 08:22:37 +0300

Conscientious/total Objector (CO) Mehmet Tarhan, whose
trial has been going on for over 4,5 months already by
the Military Court of Justice, has been imprisoned to
a historical punishment. In the court hearing that joined
two seperate claims that are namely "Insubordination
before command" and "Insubordination before command
for trying to escape from military service" pursuant
Art. 88 of the Turkish Penal Military Code, Mehmet
Tarhan was sentenced to a four (4) years of jail, 2
years from each claim.

Sivas Military Court of Justice has not yet declared
the justification for the decision. Suna Coskun,
attorney of Mehmet Tarhan, expressed that this is the
toughest imprisonment decision taken in Turkey towards
CO's and explained that right after the declaration of
the justification for the sentence, they will appeal
to The Supreme Court of military appeals for
cassation. "Mehmet can not be deported from Sivas
until the justification is declared" told Suna Coskun
and expressed that Mehmet is in good health, good mood
and received the decision in a dignified tone.

It is expressed that for Mehmet Tarhan, who has been
in good health during the hearing, the execution of
the jail sentence will last for 19 months in military

Solidarity Initiative with Mehmet Tarhan

*[Ed. Note: Mehmet Tarhan is an anarchist gay
total/conscientious objector who is imprisoned since
8th of April 2005 for rejecting compulsory army service.]

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