THE CANDIDATES OF THE ELECTION OF ‘TURKISH HIGH COUNCIL OF JUDGES AND PROSECUTORS’ (HSYK) in 2014

  • YBP refers to ‘The Platform of Judicial Unity’ which is a pro-government NGO and it has been an association since 2015.

  • YBP candidates competed mostly with independents

  • Below is what happened to those who did not support the YBP list after the coup attempt 

    • Almost all independent candidates were punished with being arrested

    • YARSAV (The Association of Judges and Prosecutors) was closed down in the first decree after the declaration of state of emergency

    • The President of YARSAV, Murat Arslan, was arrested on the 26th of October, 2016.

CIVIL AND CRIMINAL JUDICIARY

1-METİN YANDIRMAZ 5836   Member of YBP, on duty

2-MEHMET YILMAZ   5758   Member of YBP, on duty

3-MEHMET DURGUN 5695   Member of YBP, on duty

4-ÖMÜR TOPAÇ 5665 Member of YBP, on duty

5-RAMAZAN KAYA 5657 Member of YBP, on duty

6-İSA ÇELİK 5429 Member of YBP, on duty

7-TURGAY ATEŞ 5400 Member of YBP, on duty

8-İLKER ÇETİN 5312   Independent, Arrested

9-SELAHADDİN MENTEŞ 5302 Member of YBP, on duty

10-ZEYNEP ŞAHİN 5291 Member of YBP, on duty

11-ORHAN GÖDEL 5202 Independent, Arrested

12-BİLGİN BAŞARAN 5100 Member of YBP, on duty

13-LEVENT ÜNSAL 5143 Independent, Arrested

14-İDRİS BERBER 5003 Independent, Arrested

15-YAŞAR AKYILDIZ 4943 Independent, Arrested

16-YEŞİM SAYILDI 5009 Independent, Arrested

17-AYŞE NEŞE GÜL 4816 Independent, arrested (she and also her husband who was also a judge were both arrested, she has been held in solitary confinement)

18-MEHMET KAYA 4864 Independent, Arrested

19-TEOMAN GÖKÇE 4797 Independent, Arrested (Member of the 2010 HSYK)

20-AHMET ÇİÇEKLİ 4499 Member of YBP, on duty

21-NESİBE ÖZER 4545 Independent, Arrested. (Member of the 2010 HSYK) Started hunger strike due to ill treatment in jail, on the 28th of September 2016. Bakirköy/İstanbul Women Prison (in solitary confinement)

22-HASAN ÜNAL 4495 Independent, Arrested

23-MURAT AYDIN 2078 YARSAV 

24-NUH HÜSEYİN KÖSE 1498 YARSAV 

25-LEYLA KÖKSAL 1406 YARSAV 

26-AYDIN BAŞAR 1338 Independent (Founder of ‘adalet.org’, a search warrant was issued for the server company of this website on the 3rd of May, 2016)

27-HAYRETTİN TÜRE 1296 Independent

28-BÜLENT YÜCETÜRK 1422 YARSAV 

29-SÜLEYMAN DEMİREL 1190 YARSAV 

30-AYŞE SARISU PEHLİVAN 1131 YARSAV 

31-MUSTAFA BAĞARKASI 1068 YARSAV 

32-BERRİN LALE ŞENOYMAK 1102 YARSAV 

33-MUSTAFA KARADAĞ 998 YARSAV 

34-İBRAHİM FİKRİ TALMAN 886 YARSAV 

35-İBRAHİM OKUR 821 Independent, Arrested (Member of the 2010 HSYK)

ADMINISTRATIVE JUDICIARY

1-HALİL KOÇ 736   Member of YBP, on duty

2-AHMET BERBEROĞLU 735 Independent, Arrested (Member of the 2014 HSYK)

3-MAHMUT ŞEN 713 Independent, Arrested (Member of the 2014 HSYK)

4-CAFER ERGEN 706   Member of YBP, on duty

5-MEHMET GÖKPINAR  695   Member of YBP, on duty

6-SADETTİN KOCABAŞ 692 Independent, Arrested

7-HASAN ODABAŞI 673 Member of YBP, on duty

8- GÖNÜL SAYIN 655 Member of YBP, on duty

9-ALİ BİLEN 651 Independent, Arrested

10-EGEMEN DEVRİM DURMUŞ 626 Independent, Arrested

11TARIK ÖZDİREK 91 YARSAV

12- BERRİN KARINCA 86 YARSAV

13- MUHAMMET ÖNDER TEKİN 61 YARSAV

P.S.: Why were Yarsav candidates no real competition?

YARSAV, as an institution means a lot for Turkish judiciary. YARSAV is the only independent Judicial association, the voice of the judiciary at both national and international platforms.

YARSAV has a strong institutional culture and experience and its reputation arises from its activities. Judges and the public know YARSAV very well but they dont know much about its administration and members by names. YARSAV’s public remarks have been signed like this ” the Board of Directors” without names.

In 2010 and in 2014 YARSAV’s candidates did not get remarkable number of votes. In terms of HSYK elections Yarsav does not pose serious threat to the government. On the other hand, the activities of YARSAV makes the government uncomfortable. By way of shutting down YARSAV, the government achives its aim.

In the 2014 election, due to the fearful environment and stick and carrot policy, voters acted pragmaticially taking their concerns into  account regarding the future of their individual careers instead of problems of the whole judiciary. The YBP promised a salary increase and pardon over disciplinary sanctions. And everybody knew that YBP could do so since it was established and supported by the government. On the other hand, YARSAV focused on ethics, democratic principles and the judicial independence. But it did not mean a lot.

Independent candidates had strong and well known personalities and judges believed that independent candidates may change many things in the judiciary.

For government YARSAV’s members are not threat but YARSAV itself is a threat. YARSAV built its reputation through its principles and joint efforts via international associations

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