Çağdaş Erdoğan was taken into custody on September 2, 2017, in Istanbul’s Kadıköy district for allegedly photographing the social facilities of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT).
Çağdaş Erdoğan was detained for 11 days and then arrested on September 13 on charges of “membership of PKK/KCK” and “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization.”
An indictment was drafted against him on October 30, 2017. The 37-page indictment drafted by prosecutor made ample use of screenshots from Erdoğan’s social media accounts and personal web site, presenting these as grounds for both charges.
The indictment argued that Erdoğan’s claims “to have photographed MİT facilities by mistake, without knowledge of their actual function” were implausible, and claimed instead that Erdoğan took the photos “on the orders of PKK/KCK” and “with a view to collecting reconnaissance for planning terrorist attacks.”
The indictment went on to argue that Erdoğan “maintained an organic and hierarchical connection to PKK/KCK and acted in line with the instructions and calls of the organization,” and that he “made propaganda for the organization” multiple times with his posts on social media and his personal web site. Erdoğan’s first hearing took place on February 13, 2018. He was released at the first hearing.
At the fifth hearing on May 7, 2019, the prosecutor announced his opinion as to the accusations.
Accordingly the prosecutor requested that Erdoğan be acquitted on charges of “membership of an armed terrorist organization” but sentenced for “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization” with his social media posts, as per Anti-Terror Law, Article 7/2.
At the final hearing on September 5, 2019, the court ruled that Erdoğan be acquitted on charges of “membership of an armed terrorist organization” and be sentenced to 1 year, 8 months in prison for “continuously spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization.”
The court also ordered that the time spent in prison be deducted from the sentence, and deferred the announcement of the verdict.