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(en) Turkey, Military Court of Appeal, overruled the 4 year sentence given to Tarhan* [tr]

Date Thu, 03 Nov 2005 17:27:41 +0200


Conscientous/Total Objector Mehmet Tarhan's Demands Granted Tarhan ended
hunger strike on day 34. Conscientous/total objector Mehmet Tarhan,
currently held at Sivas Military Prison, ended the hunger strike he had
started on September 30, on its 34th day, on November 2, 2005.
Having been subject to unjust and arbitrary practices in prison, Tarhan
had gone on a hunger strike on September 30, 2005 after his hair and
beard wereforcefully and violently shaven. Tarhan's demands (with the
exception of a civilian doctor's examination) were met after 34 days.
Tarhan's lawyers announced his demands as follows:
"Protesting the unfair and inhumane treatment he
received, legal action against the perpetrators,
civilian doctor's examination, having the same
rights as all the other prisoners"...
Tarhan who has been in Sivas Military Prison for 7
months, had previously gone on another 28-day hunger
strike with similar demands.

Military Court of Appeal, overruled the 4-year
sentence given to Tarhan

The verdict that sentenced Tarhan to 4-years, was
overruled on the grounds of procedure, according to
the information we have at this moment (but there can
be other reasons for the overrulement). It is expected
that Tarhan will be tried again by the Sivas Military
Court on the charges of "insistent insubordination
before the unit with the intent of evading military
service altogether."

for more information please click the following link :
http://www.wri-irg.org/co/turkcampaign-en.htm
and check A-infos archives


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*[Ed. Note: Mehmet Tarhan is an anarchist, gay
activist conscientous/total objector who is imprisoned
since April 2005 related with his rejection of
compulsory military service. His struggle is supported
by anarchist, anti-authoritarian and anti-militarist
groups in Turkey.]
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