Transgender Individuals Sued after Groundless Custody

Published: February 25, 2011

Three activists of the Pink Life Association stand trial for alleged resistance against the police. The three members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization were stopped by the police in a traffic control in Ankara. After checking their IDs, the police decided to take the three individuals to the police station without giving a reason.

This was the third hearing of the case against the LGBT activists. As in the two previous sessions, the complaining police officers again failed to appear at court.

The defence lawyers stated that there was no evidence that would confirm the allegations and requested their clients’ acquittal.

The judge decided to review a CD that contains footage of the three activists being exposed to violence while they were taken into police custody and to investigate the statements of the lawyers related to a solution.

The police officers were absent despite a decision to appear on compulsion. The Ankara 15th Criminal Court of First Instance decided that they had to attend the following hearing on 3 May.
"Criminal complaint of Pink Life members not considered"

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