On Friday, at a regular hearing in the case against a member of leftist revolutionary music band Grup Yorum – Emel Yeşilırmak, Marxist-Leninist poet Ümit Ilter, and revolutionary Sadık Eroğlu, the Istanbul court ruled that the three should be released. Hours later, they were imprisoned again by order of the fascist oligarchy.
For hours, lawyers and relatives of the three revolutionaries waited in front of Silivri Prison, located near the Turkish metropolis, to meet them.
At around 01:21 AM(local time), on September 12, lawyers from the People’s Law Bureau announced that at around 01:00, Emel Yeşilırmak, Ümit Ilter, and Sadık Eroğlu, had been released from prison without their lawyers being informed about this.
At 01:43 AM, on September 12, the People’s Law Bureau announced that after being formally released from prison, the three revolutionaries had been detained by agents of the political police and taken to Istanbul police headquarters.
At noon on September 12, Emel Yeşilırmak, Ümit Ilter, and Sadık Eroğlu were brought to the Istanbul courthouse in the Çağlayan district. They were kept in custody in the basement of the courthouse for several hours while waiting for the arrival of the members of the court panel on duty.
Lawyers from the People’s Law Bureau said that the prosecutor in the case had objected to the court decision for the release of the three revolutionaries. The prosecutor’s objection was rejected by the 37th panel of the Istanbul Court’s Criminal Division, which issued the release order. For this reason, the prosecutor appealed the refusal of the 37th panel to the 38th panel of the criminal division of the court, which is the higher instance in the present case. The 38th panel of the criminal division of the Istanbul court accepted the prosecutor’s objection to the release of the Grup Yorum member and the two revolutionaries.
There is no detention order against the three revolutionaries, according to the laws which are formally still in force in Turkey, they should not have been detained by the police and kept in custody, but they should have been brought before the court to rule on the prosecutor’s objection. But instead, by delaying their release from prison, and taking them into the custody of the political police, the fascist oligarchy once again violated its laws and committed two crimes: abuse of office and forced detention.
On the evening of September 12, a court in Istanbul, on the orders of the political power in Turkey which is serving to imperialists and the oligarchy, ordered the permanent detention of Emel Yeşilırmak, Ümit Ilter, and Sadık Eroğlu. The decision was given by a court panel that does not know their case and can not give a legally justified decision. This decision is unlawful and unfair. But this does not matter for the fascist oligarchy in Turkey. They aim to eliminate and destroy the revolutionaries in the lands of Anatolia.
Grup Yorum member musician Emel Yeşilırmak and revolutionary poet Ümit Ilter and Sadık Eroğlu a long term revolutionary were detained and later imprisoned in late February 2019, after a police raid against Ayçe İdil Erkmen cultural center, located in Istanbul’s Okmeydanı district. Along with them, Grup Yorum’s guitarist Ibrahim Gokcek, who martyred(died) after a 317-day Death Fast(hunger strike till death), was arrested during the same police raid, his main demand was the end of the repressions against the revolutionary music band.
In February 2018, Yeşilırmak along with several other members of Grup Yorum was included in the list of most wanted by the Turkish Interior Ministry. A reward of about 300 000 Turkish liras (about 40 000 USD) for the head of each of the band’s members was announced by the fascist oligarchy’s interior ministry.
During the 2019 police raid, the revolutionary poet Ümit Ilter, who spent many years in prison because of his involvement in the struggle for revolution, as was shown by the Turkish authorities and oligarchy’s media as the “general secretary” of the outlawed Marxist-Leninist organization DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front). At the same time, Sadık Eroğlu who has also been a political prisoner for many years was announced as the head the activities of the outlawed Marxist- Leninist organization DHKP-C in Turkey.
Source: materials in the leftist media in Turkey