Next hearing of trial against Saturday Mothers will be held on 7 June

The first hearing of the case filed against the Saturday Mothers due to their 950th week protests continued at the Istanbul Courthouse 39th Criminal Court of First Instance. The court set the new hearing on 7 June.

The Saturday Mothers are being tried collectively on the charge of "violating the Law on meetings and demonstrations", because of the 950th week of their sit-in to demand justice and the truth for those disappeared while in the custody of the security forces.

The first hearing was held at the 39th Criminal Court of First Instance of the Istanbul Courthouse in Çağlayan and continued after a break.

The hearing was attended by members of the Association of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD), Van and Batman Bar Associations, rights defenders, representatives of the German, Dutch and American Consulates, the International Federation for Human Rights, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, the World Organization Against Torture, and representatives of Human Rights Defenders.

The hearing was attended by Saturday Mothers Hanife Yıldız, Besna Tosun, Maside Ocak, Mikail Kırbayır, Hasan Karakoç, Leman Yurtsever, Aylin Tekiner, Ikbal Eren, Mukaddes Şamiloğlu, Hatice Korkmaz, Ismail Yücel, Ali Tosun, Ali Ocak, Selvi Gülmez, Cüneyt Yılmaz, İrfan. Bilgin, Hünkar Hüdayi Yurtsever, IHD executives Meryem Bars and Sebla Arcan and lawyer Meriç Eyüboğlu.

The second session of the hearing started with the defense of Hatice Korkmaz from the Saturday Mothers.

Korkmaz emphasized the Constitutional Court's 'violation of rights' decision and demanded acquittal. Lawyer Mehmet Kaplan stated that if the action footage was examined, no criminal elements were found and called for compliance with the Constitutional Court decision.

IHD co-chair, lawyer Eren Keskin, requested the court to comply with the decision of the Constitutional Court, IHD Istanbul Branch President lawyer Gülseren Yoleri emphasized the rule of law by drawing attention to the bans implemented during the period when Süleyman Soylu was the Minister of Internal Affairs.

After the completion of the defense, the court decided to watch the footage in the file and set the next hearing for 7 June.