MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
The correspondent for now-shutterd Dicle Haber Ajansı Selman Keleş is on trial for “membership in a terrorist organisation”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Selman Keleş
CITY
Van
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2017
LAST UPDATED
25/05/2021
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
News Agency
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. 314/2

dihaber correspondent Selman Keleş and Arif Aslan are standing trial at the 5th High Criminal Court of Van for “membership in a terrorist organisation”. dihaber correspondent Selman Keleş has been taken in custody on the grounds of “ membership to a terrorist organization” while he was recording around Van Municipality on March 20. He was arrested on March 31, 2017

Both journalists were pending trial in prison in Van and were released by the first hearing on 21 November 2017, after spending eight months in pretrial detention.

Since journalist Selman Keleş lives abroad, the lawyer of Arif Aslan demanded that the Aslan’s case to be separated. The next hearing will be on January 16, 2020.

The hearing on 16 January 2020 was adjourned due to the lawyer’s reporting an excuse. The next hearing is on 7 May 2020.

At the 9th hearing held on September 3 at the 5th High Criminal Court of Van,the court panel ruled to separate the files against Keleş and Aslan and rejected Aslan’s request for his international travel ban to be lifted (3 September).

The attorney of Keleş did not attend the first hearing expected to be held on November 24 by presenting an excuse as the statement of Keleş, who lives abroad, had not been taken. The trial has been adjourned until a later (November 24).

At the hearing held on February 9, 2021, the court board accepted the excuse of Oflas, the attorney of Keleş, and adjourned the hearing. The next hearing will be held on May 25 (February 9).

At the hearing held on May 25, 2021, the court board accepted the excuse of Selman Keleş’s attorney Barış Oflas and adjourned the hearing. The next hearing will be held on September 7 (May 25).