Over 11 million under investigation in Turkey in 2017 - judicial data

Turkey’s Chief Public Prosecutors are investigating a total of 11,985,118 people as suspects, according to data for the year of 2017, Marxist news website SoL reported.

There has been a 307 percent increase in the number of Turkish citizens under investigation by chief public prosecutors between 2006-2017, it said.

On average, 230,483 people were recorded as suspects a week and 23 per minute in Turkey in the past year, SoL reported.

The figures follow the July 2016 coup attempt, which led to 241 casualties, after which Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) implemented a two-year-long state of emergency rule, cracking down on military personnel, police officers, journalists, civil servants and politicians. Tens of thousands have lost their their jobs or have been jailed since. 

Between 2003 and 2006, only one child below the age of 15 was a defendant in a case over insulting the president while this number increased to eight between 2007 and 2014, a period at the end of which Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took office as president, and 113 between 2015 and 2017, the site reported.  

Insulting the president carries a sentence of between one and four years, according to the Turkish Penal Code. Between 2010 and 2017, 12,893 cases of insulting the president were filed. Of these, 12,305 were filed under the presidency of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who assumed office in 2014.