A lawsuit has been filed against Hacı Boğatekin, an executive of Adıyaman Gerger Fırat newspaper, on charge of “praising the criminal” on the grounds that he called on the government to compromise with Abdullah Öcalan in his Facebook posts in 2015-2016. The first hearing will be held at the Adıyaman 2nd High Criminal Court on November 26, 2020 (November 3).
At the hearing held on November 26, the prosecutor presented the opinion as to the accusations. In his opinion, the prosecutor said that the elements of the crime were not constituted and demanded the acquittal of journalist Hacı Boğatekin.
The opinion of the prosecutor referred to the Article 215 of the Turkish Criminal Code (Praising the Crime and Criminal) and the Article 7/2 of the Anti-Terror Law (TMK) (Propagandizing for Terrorist Organization). Reminding that a criminal case was filed against Boğatekin as per these laws, the prosecutor demanded his acquittal as per the Article 223/2 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CMK) on the grounds that “the legal elements of his actions did not bring about material elements.”
Examining the file, the court has ruled that Hacı Boğatekin shall be acquitted. The detailed ruling will be pronounced at a later date (November 26).