Trial of (Terrorist) Network
■ (9/12/2010): The defence council of
the network charged with terrorism offences announced their withdrawal
from the case during
a High Criminal Court hearing. The lawyers announced their withdrawal,
claiming that the Court refused to refer the detainees to doctors
in order to verify the torture allegations. Some lawyers justified
their withdrawal by claiming that the detainees had refused to cooperate.
The Public Prosecutor said that the lawyers’ decision was pre planned
to achieve a specific objective, and that the decision would negatively
affect the case. The trial judge instructed the appointment of new
defence lawyers and then adjourned the case.
■ (22/12/2010): The detainees accused
of terrorism offences refused to meet with their new defence council,
which was appointed by the Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs.
■ (27/12/2010): The Minister of Justice
met the new defence council based on their request. Some lawyers
expressed their reservation at defending the detainees because of
their refusal to meet and speak with them. The Minister stressed
that he did not wish to interfere in the lawyers’ work and asked
them to be professional.
■ (06/01/2011): The detainees attended
the sixth session with their appointed lawyers from the Ministry
of Justice. The trial judge decided to adjourn the hearing to 13
January 2011 because of the withdrawal of some of the lawyers, which
hindered the case. The judge ordered the referral of the lawyers
who withdrew from the case to the Minister of Justice, so that the
necessary measures can be taken for their breach of Article 41 of
the Advocacy Law.