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(en) Turkey: CO Halil Savda's trial session of 22 December 2006

Date Thu, 28 Dec 2006 10:08:53 +0200

Halil Savda, CO, who went to participate in his trial at the Corlu Military Court on 7 December 2006, was detained on the ground that he might flee! The court session of 22 December 2006 took place.
17 supporters and press representatives from Istanbul and Corlu were present
at the session. Halil Savda conveyed his defense on both accusations
(insistence on disobedience and desertion)* His lawyer Suna Coskun emphasized
that Savda is no soldier, but a conscientious objector and that he can?t be
tried or restricted in his liberty, based on international conventions and
the recent judgment by the ECHR concerning conscientious objector Osman Murat
Ülke. She furthermore pointed out that his detention was based on the
suspicion that he might flee; an assumption he invalidated by showing up at
the court by himself. Thus the situation consequently requires his immediate

However the military court decided that the detention shall continue and set
the next trial session as 15 January 2007.

To reach Halil:


5. Kolordu Komutanligi,
Askeri Cezaevi
Corlu ? Tekirdag Turkey

* [ Ed. Note: In his defense, Halil Savda clearly states that his
conscientious objection is a reflection of his anti-authoritarian,
antimilitarist and anti war ideas:
http://www.savaskarsitlari.org/arsiv.asp?ArsivTipID=8&ArsivAnaID=36975 His
struggle is supported by antiauthoritarians, anarchists and antimilitarists
in Turkey. In Istanbul and Ankara solidarity actions were held. On 18th of
December, Ankara Anarchy Initiative organized a solidarity action with
support of Feminists from Ankara. From here you watch its video:
http://www.karahaber.org/duymadim/hsavda18aralik.html You can also see the
press statements that were read in this action:
http://www.ainfos.ca:81/06/dec/ainfos00297.html ]
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