Court of Appeal upholds 22 years' prison sentence handed out to Leyla Güven

The 22 years and 3 months’ prison sentence handed out to DTK co-chair Leyla Güven was upheld by the Court of Appeal.

Leyla Güven was stripped of her parliamentary immunity on the grounds that she had been handed out a firm sentence. She was arrested in December 2020.

Güven was sentenced to 14 years and 3 months in prison for "being a member of a terrorist organization" and 4 years (twice) for "making propaganda for a terrorist organization", for a total of 22 years and 3 months.

Güven applied to the Regional Court of Justice on the grounds that the local court's decision was inaccurate. While Güven's lawyers wanted the local court's decision to be overturned, they also demanded the release of their client as the trial continued.

Diyarbakır Regional Court of Justice 2nd Penal Chamber rejected the application on its merits.

However, the Court of Appeal indicated in its decision that the way to appeal was open through the Diyarbakır Regional Court of Justice 3rd Penal Chamber over the decision to continue the detention.

It was noted that appeal against the approval of the sentence handed out to Güven is open via the Court of Cassation.