MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Sultan Eylem Keleş – trial for “insulting a public official” and “resisting to prevent fulfillment of duty”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Sultan Eylem Keleş
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2022
LAST UPDATED
13/09/2022
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Other
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. 125/1

Journalist Sultan Eylem Keleş was taken into custody during the protest of BİMEKS workers in front of Boğaziçi University campus in İstanbul. Eylem later faced a lawsuit for “insulting a public official” and “resisting to prevent fulfillment of duty”. Eylem had her first hearing at the İstanbul 56th Criminal Court of First Instance.

The court ruled that the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office should be asked whether there had been an investigation against the defendants for violating the Law no. 2911 on Meetings and Demonstrations on the date of the committal of the crime, that a warrant should be issued to bring the absent complainants to the hearing by force and that the requests for an immediate acquittal raised by the lawyers of the defendants should be rejected on the grounds that the legal conditions were not at hand. The next hearing will be held on February 16, 2023 (September 13).