The indictment against the editor-in-chief of Yeni Asya Newspaper, Kazım Güleçyüz and cartoonist Halil İbrahim Özdabak was completed on December 7, 2018. The indictment was accepted by Istanbul 29. High Criminal Court.
The first hearing of the trial was held on May 2, 2019.
Güleryüz stated that he had been actively involved in publishing for 41 years and journalism for 27 years. He said that in all his writings, books and speeches, he upheld the rule of law, justice, democracy, human rights and freedoms, peace, and had a resolute stance against coups and terror. He claimed that the charges in the indictment were diametrically opposed to this perspective of his. He rejected the charges.
The court was adjourned for the drafting of the opinion as to the accusations. Before the second hearing of the case, the prosecutor stated that the indictment had been sent to the panel of judges over UYAP.
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