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).