World Bulletin/News Desk
The governor of İstanbul, Hüseyin Avni Mutlu, said on Friday that no audience will be allowed in the courtroom during the next session of the Ergenekon trial on Monday.
Stating that such a decision was taken due to security measures, Governor Mutlu told reporters that only the defendants, lawyers, members of Parliament and journalists will be given access to the courtroom in Silivri district of İstanbul. The decision is made by the court, Mutlu added.
Stating that any gathering outside the courtroom in Silivri will be considered an unlawful demonstration, Mutlu urged people to obey the call not to gather at the court building. “We want the due process to end in peace,” Mutlu pointed out, saying that they are taking security measures against potential protesters from outside of İstanbul.
Neo-nationalists groups in Turkey have been calling on their followers to come to what is to be the final hearing of the Ergenekon attempted coup d'état trial on Aug. 5, indicating that clashes are likely.
At a previous hearing of the case, the Workers' Party (İP) and the affiliated Turkish Youth Union (TGB) broke through police barriers erected at the complex that houses the court building and prison at Silivri.
Ergenekon is alleged to be a clandestine network of individuals nested within the state hierarchy that was ultimately aimed at overthrowing the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and some of whose members are currently on trial for multiple counts of murder and causing public disorder. Among the suspects are members of the military, businessmen and journalists.