6 years and 3 months prison sentence for KADEP party president

Lütfü Baksi, President of KADEP party was sentenced to six years and three months in prison on charges of “being a member of an illegal organization”.

Lütfü Baksi, the 78-year-old KADEP President, was the subject of a lawsuit on the grounds that he entered and exited the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) building and attended meetings and congresses.

The trial was to decide on accusations of "being member of an illegal organization " and "making propaganda for an illegal organization" and was held at the 11th Assize Court in Amed.

Baksi, who was tried but not arrested, did not attend the hearing. The prosecution demanded a 20-year prison sentence for Baksi. Defense lawyer Feride Laçin called for his client’s acquittal, noting that he was not a member of the DTK.

The court eventually sentenced KADEP President Baksi to 6 years and 3 months in prison for "being a member of an illegal organization".