Ozan Kaplanoğlu - “Propaganda of Terrorist Organization Through Press” Trial

A tip-off e-mail was sent to Bursa Police Department concerning the editor of the news web site Bursa Muhalif, Ozan Kaplanoğlu. In the e-mail, it was claimed that Kaplanoğlu “spread propaganda for a terrorist organization” through the books he published on his web site.

He was detained on May 4, 2017. He was arrested on May 5, 2017 and sent to Denizli T-Type Prison.

The indictment against him was completed on June 2, 2017.

In the indictment it was claimed that Kaplanoğlu “worked towards the objectives and strategies of the terror group THKP/C” and “made efforts to recruit militants for the armed terrorist organization”.

The indictment alleged that Kaplanoğlu concealed his own name and published a book under the pseudonym ”Uğur Gündüz”. However, Uğur Gündüz was not a pseudonym. The book by Uğur Gündüz had been originally published in 1994. Ozan Kaplanoğlu was only 3 years old in 1994.

The indictment mentioned the results of an examination into Kaplanoğlu’s Facebook account.

He was also accused of attending commemoration rallies organized by Halkevleri.

Kaplanoğlu was charged with “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization” through the press and a prison sentence of 1.5 to 7.5 years was requested.

At the first hearing held on August 2, 2017 at Bursa 10. High Criminal Court, he was released with a ban on going abroad.

The trial lasted 8 hearings. At the final hearing dated September 12, 2019, he was sentenced to 1 year, 6 months, 22 days of imprisonment on charges of “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization through the press”.

An appeal has been filed against the verdict.

Contact: pressinarrest@gmail.com

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