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A lawsuit against İnan Kızılkaya and Can Dündar with the allegation of insult: İnan Kızılkaya
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
İnan Kızılkaya
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2019
LAST UPDATED
13/07/2021
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Print Media
Newspaper
THE TITLE OF WHOSE RIGHT IS INTERFERED
Journalist
RIGHTS GUARANTEED UNDER THE RIGHT OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Right to Impart Information and Ideas
TYPE OF INTERFERENCE
Judicial Interference
Criminal Courts
Approval of the indictment and initiating the prosecution
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 125/3

A lawsuit was filed against Inan Kızılkaya, the former managing editor of Özgür Gündem and Can Dündar, editor-in-chief on Watch campaign supporting the Özgür Gündem Daily, based on the complaints of Judge Bekir Altun of Criminal Court of Peace about ‘insulting’ him in relation to an article published in the Özgür Gündem. However, the hearing could not be held since the presiding judge of Istanbul 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance declared an excuse (4 April).

Trial of Can Dündar and the former Managing Editor of Özgür Gündem İnan Kızılkaya for “insulting state official” in relation to a solidarity campaign with now-defunct newspaper resumed today at Istanbul court. Trial has been adjourned until 15 December (23 September).

At the hearing held on December 15, 2020, the court has ruled that the execution of the warrant against Can Dündar and the reply to the international rogatory for taking his defense abroad shall be awaited. The next hearing will be held on March 4, 2021 (December 15).

At the hearing held on March 4, the prosecutor demanded that the deficiencies be rectified. The attorneys of Can Dündar and İnan Kızılkaya also requested that the deficiencies in the case file be rectified. The court board adjourned the hearing for the rectification of the deficiencies. The next hearing will be held on July 13 (March 4).

At the hearing held on July 13, 2021, the court board ruled that the execution of the warrant against Can Dündar and the reply to the letters rogatory to take his statement abroad should be awaited. The next hearing will be held on November 2 (July 13).