Doğan Akın, the founder and the editor-in-chief of the T24 news portal, has been sued for reporting on 108 tweets posted by an account named, “Fuat Avni,” which is linked by authorities to the “Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).”
While the indictment said that “it is determined that Akın does not have hierarchical connection with the organization and that he published numerous news reports and articles against the organization,” it requested Akın be tried for “aiding and abetting an organisation (FETÖ) knowingly and willingly, although he does not belong to the structure of that organisation”
Akın is facing from 5 to 15 years in prison as the indictment was accepted by the İstanbul 25th Heavy Penal Court.
At the hearing held on February 19, Akın refused all charges against himself. The court decided to send the file to the prosecution. The next hearing will be held on April 17 (19 February).
The hearing scheduled to be held on April 17, was postponed to July 2 by the İstanbul 25th Heavy Penal Court due to measures taken in relation to coronavirus pandemic (17 April).
On July 2, announcing its ruling, the court board has ruled that Doğan Akın shall be acquitted as the elements of the crime did not arise (2 July).