MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Court case over the attack on Yavuz Selim Demirağ
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Yavuz Selim Demirağ
CITY
Ankara
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2021
LAST UPDATED
15/10/2021
IMPUNITY CATEGORY
Impunity for Violence
MEDIA
National Media

A lawsuit has been filed over the attack on Yeni Çağ newspaper’s columnist Yavuz Selim Demirağ in the capital city of Ankara on the night of May 10, 2019 two years later. Six defendants will stand trial on charges of “threat”, “insult” and “wilful injury” and face up to 20 years, 10 months in prison each. The trial will start at the Ankara 10th Criminal Court of First Instance on November 12, 2021. The Ankara Criminal Judgeship of Peace had released the six suspects on the grounds that “there was no life-threatening situation.” Having battered the journalist with baseball bats and caused him to be hospitalized, the suspects had said, “We had a fight in traffic, that was why we attacked” (July 1).

The lawsuit filed by Demirağ against the assaulters who attacked him in front of his house on May 10, 2019 began at the Civil Court of First Instance on October 15, 2021. At the hearing, the court ruled that the file should be sent to the High Criminal Court (October 15).