The trial of the five young people accused of the murder of three Christians in Malatya last April has been thrown into jeopardy after the lawyers representing the victims accused the judges of “obstructing justice”. The lawyers have repeatedly complained that the judges have refused them access to vital evidence ‚Äì including autopsy photographs and crime scene films. The judges have also refused (on three occasions) to allow the court proceedings to be recorded and the official court record contains only a summary of the evidence.
Lawyer Ozkan Yucel Soylu said, ” This is vital evidence if we are to properly cross-examine the defendants. It is our automatic right under the laws of Turkey. If this continues to happen, we will have to apply to the European Court of Human Rights, which will make it obvious that Turkey does not follow its own laws… we don’t have any trust in the court.”
The case has now been adjourned to Monday 17th March. (Compass Direct)