Journalist Onur Öncü was indicted on the grounds that he allegedly committed the crime of “publicly insulting a public official due to his or her duty” as per the Article 125 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK). His YouTube video “There is an Interior Minister who wants to be Süleyman the Scammer of the country” posted on Özgürüz channel on May 3, 2021 was cited as criminal evidence against the journalist. The related sentence used in the title was not uttered by Öncü, but by his guest.
The trial will be held in simple procedure at the Küçükçekmece 22nd Criminal Court of First Instance. Öncü and his lawyers will submit their written statements of defense to the court within two weeks (September 9).