A lawsuit was filed against journalists Barış Terkoğlu and Can Bursalı and Independent Türkçe news website upon the criminal complaint of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s former lawyer Mustafa Doğan İnal on charges of “public insult” and “libel”.
At the first hearing of the case held at the İstanbul 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance on September 20, 2022, the prosecutor’s office requested that the deficiencies be rectified. The court gave time to journalist Can Bursalı and his lawyer time until they prepared their defense statements. The next hearing will be held on January 26 (September 20).
The hearing to be held by the İstanbul 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance on January 26, 2023 was adjourned as the judge was on sick leave (January 26).