20 July 2018
The co-chairs of the Turkish Green Party Eylem Tuncaelli and Naci Sönmez have had the verdict in their trial postponed until 16 January, 2019.
They had been summoned by a Turkish court in Ankara over charges connected to the co-signing of a press statement criticising Turkey’s military action in Syria.
Responding to the outcome on Thursday the Turkish co-chairs Eylem Tuncaelli and Naci Sönmez stated:
“Today, a weight was lifted off our shoulders following the decision by the court to delay proceedings by a further six months and remove travel restrictions. However, we can only fully rest once our names have been cleared of any wrongdoing. In the statement in question, there was only a call for peace and in no way was there any praise for terror. Our party constitution rejects every form of violent act or organisation. We will continue to promote peace as befits our role as co-chairs of the Greens and the Left Party of the Future. We thank all those who have offered their support over this difficult period.”
The European Green Party committee member Evelyne Huytebroeck, German Green MP Margit Stumpp, and Green/EFA MEP and vice president Bodil Valero added:
“We urge the court to drop all charges against the co-chairs who are clearly innocent of any crime. Over the past few days, we have witnessed the integrity and commitment of Eylem and Naci as political representatives of the Turkish people. They will continue to fight for peace and speak out against violence in all its forms. We also remember all those who are still being held in Turkish jails as a result of their convictions and call on the authorities to step up efforts to release them.”
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