Türkiye Teknoloji Tanıım (T3) Vakfı has filed a compensation lawsuit of 80 thousand against Çiğdem Toker due to her article entitled ““İBB’den Vakıflara Hizmet Raporu” published on 15 January 2019. Trial began at the 3rd Civil Court of First Instance of Küçükçekmece. Toker did not attend the first hearing held on September 24. During the hearing, the lawyer of T3 Foundation requested certain witnesses to testify. Toker’s lawyer demanded the report mentioned in her article to be added to the case file. The court accepted both requests. The next trial will be on October 15 (September 24).
At the hearing held on October 15, 2020, the court gave time to the attorneys of the parties to make a written statement as to the expert reports notified to them and to the witness statements. The court has ruled that the petition submitted by Toker’s attorney regarding a witness requested to be heard shall be examined at the next hearing. The next hearing will be held on February 18, 2021 (October 15).
The hearing to be held at the Küçükçekmece 3rd Civil Court of First Instance on February 18, 2021 was not held as the presiding judge was on administrative leave. The next hearing will be held on September 23 (February 18).
At the hearing held on September 23, 2021, the court board ruled that witnesses should be heard until the next hearing. The next hearing will be held on February 1, 2022 (September 23).
At the 7th hearing of the trial held on February 1, 2022, the court board handed down its interim ruling and ruled that the parties should be given two-week time to make their statements as to the witness statement. The next hearing will be held on March 31 (February 1).
At the hearing held on March 31, 2022, Çiğdem Toker’s lawyer Fahri Emeksiz and the plaintiff T3 Foundation’s lawyer were present in the courtroom. Toker’s lawyer Emeksiz referred to the press legislation and said, “The incident that is the subject matter of the case is an issue that was taken down in the minutes of the Parliament and discussed there. For this reason, we request the case be dismissed within the frame of freedom of expression”.
Partly accepting the case, the court ruled that Toker should pay the T3 Foundation 30 thousand TRY in non-pecuniary damages (March 31).