BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied outside the Maltepe prison in Istanbul on Sunday, after completing a 450 kilometre (280 mile) protest march from Ankara.
The “March for Justice” was called for by Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
The protest started on June 15, after CHP Member of Parliament Enis Berberoglu was sentenced to 25 years in prison for allegedly leaking “state secrets” to the press. He is imprisoned in Maltepe prison.
Berberoglu is the first CHP MP to be sentenced after last year’s successful parliament vote on lifting immunity for opposition MPs.
His conviction came on charges of espionage and revealing state secrets related to a Cumhuriyet article exposing the alleged transfer of weapons from the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) to militant groups in Syria.
The rally was held nearly a year after Turkey’s failed military coup on July 15, high security precautions were implemented