Journalist Abdulkadir Turay was a correspondent for the Dicle News Agency, which was closed down in October 2016 by a decree law. He had begun his journalism career at the same agency.
Turay was taken into custody on May 5, 2016, during a raid on his house in Mardin’s Savur district. After four days in custody, he was arrested on May 8 on allegations of “membership of a terrorist organization” on orders from the Mardin First Criminal Court of Peace.
He was transported to Mardin E-Type Closed Prison.
On January 18, 2017, the indictment against 10 individuals, including Turay. In the indictment, he was charged with “membership of a terrorist organization.” The Mardin Second High Criminal Court accepted the indictment. In the indictment, Turay’s telephone calls as well as his television appearances were presented as evidence in support of the indictment.
At the final hearing on September 26, 2018, Turay was sentenced to 9 years in prison on charges of “membership of a terrorist organization.” His detention was continued with this ruling.
The case was taken to the Court of Appeal. The appeal process is ongoing. Turay and the other defendants were sentenced to a total of 65 years and 3 months in prison.
Turay is now held in Mardin E-Type Closed Prison as a prisoner on remand.