The former chair of Cumhuriyet Foundation, lawyer Akin Atalay and lawyers Mustafa Kemal Gungor and Bulent Utku who are the board members of the Foundation are on trial for first hearing with other arrestee 9 journalists in Istanbul 27th High Penal Court after 8 months pre-trial detention.
3 lawyers and journalists are being accused with helping terrorist organisation and promoting terrorism” with fabricated / manipulated evidences. Turkish judiciary is under full control of Erdogan Regime and the most often accusation against lawyers, journalists and other dissidents is terrorism related offences.
The first hearing session of the case will continue for 4 days and requests to release of arrested defendants will be decided on Thursday.
Cumhuriyet Daily Editor-in-Chief Murat Sabuncu, columnists Hakan Kara, Hikmet Çetinkaya, Aydın Engin, Kadri Gürsel, Güray Öz, cartoonist Musa Kart, Cumhuriyet Foundation Management Board members Attorney Bülent Utku, Attorney Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Önder Çelik, Bülent Yener, Editor-in-Chief of the Cumhuriyet Book Supplement Turhan Günay and Accounting Manager Günseli Özaltay were taken into custody on 31 October 2016. ok, will do that.
Murat Sabuncu, Hakan Kara, Musa Kart, Bülent Utku, Güray Öz, Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Önder Çelik, Turhan Günay and Kadri Gürsel, however, were formally arrested on November 5, 2016.
A detention order was issued for Cumhuriyet Foundation Chief Executive Officer Attorney Akın Atalay and journalist Can Dündar who were abroad at the time their colleagues were detained.