Ayten Akgün has been put on trial over a news report titled “Torture in Halfeti” (Halfeti’de işkence) that she shared on Twitter.
Charged with “insulting the President of the Republic”, Akgün had her first hearing at the Anadolu 6th Criminal Court of First Instance on November 10, 2020. Announcing the opinion as to the accusations at the first hearing, the prosecutor demanded that Akgün be penalized. The next hearing will be held on January 7, 2021 (November 10).
At the hearing held on January 7, Akgün has been sentenced to 11 months, 20 days in prison on charge of “insulting the President of the Republic”; the pronouncement of the verdict has been deferred (January 7).