MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Grant holder of Azadiya Welat Ramazan Ölçen – trial for “membership of a terrorist organization”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Ramazan Ölçen
CITY
Diyarbakır
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2019
LAST UPDATED
02/02/2022
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Print Media
Newspaper
THE TITLE OF WHOSE RIGHT IS INTERFERED
The Owner (Person) of the Media Outlet
RIGHTS GUARANTEED UNDER THE RIGHT OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Right to Impart Information and Ideas
TYPE OF INTERFERENCE
Judicial Interference
Criminal Courts
Approval of the indictment and initiating the prosecution

A prosecutor requested a 15-year prison sentence for the publisher of banned Kurdish daily Azadiya Welat over charges of “membership in a terrorist organization”. The indictment prepared by the prosecutor was accepted by the 11th High Criminal Court of Diyarbakır. It was said that Ramazan Ölçen “was acting on behalf of a terrorist organisation under the name of the publisher of a legal newspaper”. Ölçen faces up to 15 years in prison (January 8).

At the hearing held on September 22, 2021, the court board ruled that the written correspondence to the Justice Ministry to take the statement of Ramazan Ölçen, charged with “being a member of a terrorist organization” and currently living in Belgium, via letters rogatory should be awaited. The next hearing will be held on February 2, 2022 (September 22).

At the hearing held on February 2, 2022, the court board ruled that the execution of the warrant issued to take journalist Ölçen’s statement should be awaited. The next hearing will be held on May 30 (February 2).