A lawsuit was brought against journalist Rahmi Yıldırım for the article titled “Genelkurmay Başkanı İçin Çok Üzüyorum” (“I’m So Sad for the Chief of General Staff”) published on his personal blog on February 3, 2017.
It was claimed that Yıldırım thereby insulted the then-Chief of General Staff, Hulusi Akar.
However, the trial was brought not upon a complaint by Hulusi Akar, but due to an anonymous, unsigned tip-off to the Antalya Police Department.
The indictment was accepted by Ankara Gölbaşı 3. Criminal Court of First Instance and a lawsuit was filed against Yıldırım with a request of imprisonment from 1 year, 2 months to 2 years, 4 months.
The first hearing of the trial was held on October 2, 2019. Yıldırım said that he did not use a single word of insult in his article but only ironic criticism, and that he truly “felt sad for Akar.”
2nd and final hearing of the case took place at December 25th, 2019. At the end of the trial, he was acquitted.
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