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Reyhan Hacıoğlu – Özgürlükçü Demokrasi Newspaper Trial
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Reyhan Hacıoğlu
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2018
LAST UPDATED
14/06/2022
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Print Media
Newspaper
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
Sentence to imprisonment
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 220/7

During the raids on March 28 and the house raids on the following days, 33 people from the Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper and Gün Printing House were taken into custody, including the Grant Holder of Özgürlükçü Demokrasi İhsan Yaşar, its Managing Editor İshak Yasul and the owner of Gün Printing House Kasım Zengin.

Yasul has been arrested on the grounds of allegedly “membership in a terrorist organisation” and “propagandising for a terrorist organisation” on April 6, 2018. 

Yasul and Ürün have been released from prison at the 4th hearing dated April 10, 2019 of the case in which 14 workers of Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper have been standing trial. 

At the final hearing held on July 28, 2019, the court ruled for the acquittal of Pınar Tarlak, Ramazan Sola and Mizgin Pendik. It sentenced Hicran Urun, Reyhan Hacıoğlu and İhsan Yasul to 3 years, 1 month and 15 days in prison for “aiding a terrorist organization”.

Yasul was also sentenced to 1 year, 6 months and 22 days in prison for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.”

The court ruled for the release of Hacıoğlu, Çelebi and Yaşar, considering the time they stayed behind bars.

In the retrial over the Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper, the prosecutor’s office presented its opinion as to the accusations at the hearing on April 7, 2022. The office requested that Mizgin Fendik be acquitted while Hicran Urun, Mehmet Ali Çelebi, Reyhan Hacıoğlu, İshak Yasul and Pınar Tarlak be penalized on charges of “membership of an organization”, “propagandizing for an organization” and “printing and disseminating the publications of the organization”.

The court gave time to the defendants’ lawyers to prepare statements as to the accusations. The next hearing will be held on June 14 (April 7).

At the hearing held on June 14, the lawyers of the accused demanded the acquittal of their clients. The presiding judge decided to evaluate the plea of defense submitted by lawyers Kılıç and Korkmaz. The next hearing will be held on September 15 (June 14).