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
hearing. 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 release.
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,
Corlu – Tekirdag