The BHRC launches on the 5 February 2013 a report on a pre-trial hearing in the case of 46 Turkish lawyers, Istanbul Heavy Penal Court, Koaeli prison, Silivri, which took place on the 3rd January 2013.

There have been three one-day hearings to date: July 2012, 6thNovember 2012 and most recently on 3rd January 2013. The hearing lasted for one day and consisted predominantly of detailed submissions by the defense representatives in relation to the exclusion of parts of the prosecution evidence and to bail. The period of pre- trial detention for those remanded in custody now amounts to 14 months.

The outcome was that one further defendant was released on bail leaving thirty-seven remaining in custody. No other applications were acceded to. The trial was adjourned to 28th March 2013.

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