MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Oktay Candemir is on trial for “Insulting the President of the Republic”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Oktay Candemir
CITY
Van
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2019
LAST UPDATED
07/07/2020
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
Social Media Account
THE TITLE OF WHOSE RIGHT IS INTERFERED
Journalist
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
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 299

The first hearing of the trial where Oktay Candemir is being tried for “insulting the President of the Republic” over a tweet he has shared on September 5, 2019 was held on July 7 at the Van 3rd Criminal Court of First Instance. He faces up from 1 year 2 months to 4 years and 8 months of imprisonment.

Candemir’s lawyer Sevda Aydın presented a petition to be excused from the hearing because a temporary judge is appointed and a verdict won’t be reached. The court accepted the excuse, adjourned the trial until a later date.