On April 25, JINNEWS reporter Beritan Canözer, Mezopotamya Agency (MA) editor Abdurrahman Gök, agency reporters Ahmet Kanbal and Mehmet Şah Oruç, Yeni Yaşam Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Osman Akın, Kurdish weekly Xwebûn newspaper’s concessionaire Kadri Esen, journalists Mehmet Yalçın, Salih Keleş, Mikail Barut and Remzi Akkaya were detained in a Diyarbakır-based investigation.
Journalists Beritan Canözer, Mehmet Şah Oruç, Abdurrahman Gök, Mikail Barut and Remzi Akkaya were arrested by the court on charges of “illegal organization membership” on “strong suspicion of guilt” based on witness statements (April 25).
Diyarbakır 10th High Criminal Court accepted the indictment prepared through the investigation against Canözer for “membership in an illegal organization”. The panel conducted a detention review on the file and decided to release Canözer with a judicial control request. The release decision was based on the state of evidence in the file, the possibility of change in the nature and quality of the imputed offense, and the lack of concrete evidence of escape and evidence obscuring (June 23).