Search warrant issued for defendent present in hearing
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJan 20, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jan 20, 2015 12:00 am
An Istanbul judge who is hearing the Gezi Park trial has issued a search warrant for Hakan Çelikkaya -one of 26 suspects charged with involvement in various crimes during the Gezi Park protests - who he thought was absent from the hearing. While the judge was writing the search warrant for the suspect in a report, the suspect warned the judge by saying 'I am here', followed by giggles in the courtroom.
The trial of 26 suspects regarding the offenses committed during Gezi Park Protest of 2013, which began as sit-in demonstrations but morphed into violent protests, continues to take place in Istanbul 33rd Criminal Court of First Instance pending trial.
The lawyer of Çelikkaya, Arzu Becerik, who also apparently thought her defendant was absent, demanded that his trial should not be resumed as his defense was unable to be taken due to his absence. She further added that the inability to find the suspect was the problem of the state.
Upon requests from further lawyers, the Judge issued a search warrant for the suspect. Just as Tokat was having the search warrant released in a report, Çelikkaya stood up and said 'I am here', a move which caused giggling among participants of the hearing.
Tokat later listened to his defense, in which Çelikkaya said he had complied with the orders of the police to disperse during the protests.