Having reported on the indictment issued against the Religious Scholars Solidarity Association (DİAYDER) in December 2021, journalists Canan Coşkun and Barış Pehlivan wrote that the trial would be heard by the court presided by judge Akın Gürlek, who penalized Selahattin Demirtaş, Canan Kaftancıoğlu, Sırrı Süreyya Önder and lawyers from the Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD) in the past and did not implement the ruling of the Constitutional Court on CHP MP Enis Berberoğlu.
Judge Akın Gürlek filed a criminal complaint against Coşkun and Pehlivan by applying to the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office. As part of the investigation, prosecutor Cüneyt Kerimhan Acer charged the journalists with “marking counterterrorism officials as targets”. Facing up to 3 years in prison, the journalists’ indictment has been sent to the İstanbul 34th High Criminal Court (July 5).
At the hearing held on October 27, 2022, the court ruled that Pehlivan’s request for recusation should be heard by the upper court. The next hearing will be held on January 17, 2023 (October 27).