On the abduction of the two lawyers Hikmat al-Hawa and Hassen Mennan from Afrin canton by the Turkish occupation army at the beginning of its occupation of Afrin and sentencing them to three years of imprisonment in Turkey, our correspondent (Hawar news agency's) interviewed the lawyer Ibrahim Sheikho.
Ibrahim Shikho said the Turkish State Security Court issued a decision to try the two lawyers Hikmat al-Hawa and Hassen Mennan for three years on charges of belonging to a terrorist organization.
Sheikho assured that the two lawyers Hikmat al-Hawa and Hassen Mennan are among the lawyers registered in the Bar Association, and that this syndicate is internationally recognized, and that is not considered a violation of the rules of international law or international legal norms, and they have not carried out any terrorist act as alleged by the Turkish court. In addition, they are from Afrin and Afrin is a part of Syria, not Turkey.
Sheikho said, "The Turkish state proved through trying the Syrian lawyers in Turkey that it is an occupying state, and this is a flagrant violation of human rights and international conventions because it did not respect jurisdiction because it is not within its jurisdiction to try the Syrian lawyers since the work of lawyers is a legal profession that does not contradict the International charters and laws."
"The trial of the lawyers is considered a contrary act to the international laws and regulations under the Geneva Conventions of 1949, their annexes and the fair criminal procedures prescribed by the European conventions of human rights or the universal declaration of human rights," sheikho said.
The lawyer Ibrahim Sheikho condemned these acts and considered them contrary to human morality and international laws, and demanded their release as soon as possible and the end of the Turkish occupation of the Syrian territories.