MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
The absence of defendants in courtroom in the trial over violence against Beyza Kural
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Beyza Kural
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2021
LAST UPDATED
24/09/2021
IMPUNITY CATEGORY
Impunity for Violence
MEDIA
National Media

The İstanbul 35th Criminal Court of First Instance continued hearing the trial of the three police officers who inflicted violence on former bianet reporter Beyza Kural, telling her “Nothing is the same anymore, we will make you learn this.” Police officers K.A., N.D. and Y.Ş. are facing the charge of “violating the freedom to work and labor” as per the Articles 117/1 and 119/1-e of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK). Speaking at the hearing, Beyza Kural’s attorney Meriç Eyüboğlu criticized that the defendants had been indicted solely on this charge and demanded that the investigation be extended in such a way to bring the charges of “battery and threat” so that the trial would also comprise the Constitutional Court ruling of rights violation. As stated by Eyüboğlu, after Kural had said, “I am [from] the press”, defendant Y.Ş. turned to her and uttered the remarks “Nothing is the same anymore, we will make you learn this.” At the first hearing of the trial, defendant Y.Ş. had stated, “I didn’t know that she was a member of the press. I didn’t see her press card.” At the following hearing, his attorney said that he was on duty abroad and the defendant has been exempted from attending the hearings. However, before this decision was given, Kural’s attorney Eyüboğlu underlined that the police officer was obligated to present a written document confirming that he was on duty abroad. The court also ruled that defendant police officer N.D. should attend the hearings via the Audio and Visual Information System (SEGBİS). The trial will continue on December 10, 2021 (September 24).