On January 7th 2014, Banu Kurtulan, an Austrian Lawyer of Turkish origin, was sent as official representative of the FBE to observe the course of the hearing against Ümit Kocasakal, President of the Istanbul Bar, and nine members of its Board.
At the same time, a press release was sent to the European press regarding her commission, which was widely distributed.
The fact of her being one of the few international observers who spoke Turkish made of her a privileged witness of the proceedings, which she summarized for the FBE in the following report :
Her presence was specially underlined by the European press, who interviewed her and reported her presence. Moreover, the FBE was clearly and expressly pointed at as "the European Bar".
Given the effectiveness of her performance, the FBE Presidency has decided to commission her again to attend the adjourned hearing that will take place on February 24th.
Mag. Kurtulan will duly report to the FBE the course of the process, which we again demand to be conducted respecting the principles of separation of powers and the rule of law.