Deniz Yücel – “Publicly Insulting the Public Officials” Trial

Press Related Crimes Bureau of Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation against journalist Deniz Yücel, following his social media post on January 21, 2019.

Yücel’s post was about the prosecutor who prepared the indictment regarding the Gezi Park Protests in 2013. Yücel was accused of “insulting public officials”.

The indictment, prepared against journalist Deniz Yücel for his social media post on January 21, 2019, was completed by Press Related Crimes Bureau of Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on May 10, 2019.

Yücel’s post on January 21, 2019 was put in the indictment as “Men who prepared “the Gezi indictment” and some similar indictments against Osman Kavala and others are not only militias disguised as prosecutors. They are also something else. I mean seriously something else”.

Yücel had attached a screen capture to his post too. Screen capture was stressing that the prosecutor who interrogated Yücel when he was taken into custody and the prosecutor who prepared the indictment regarding the Gezi Park Protests was the same prosecutor. In the post, Yücel had told what he has gone through within the scope of the investigation.

In the indictment Yücel was accused of “insulting a public officer due to the performance of his public duty”, according to the article 125 of the Turkish Penal Code. He was requested to be sentenced to, from one year to two years of imprisonment.

Journalist Deniz Yücel’s trial, started with the first hearing on September 5, 2019 at Istanbul 24th Criminal Court of First Instance.

Yücel, who was absent at the hearing, was represented by his attorney Veysel Ok. Ok stated that Yücel lived in Germany. He shared Yücel’s address abroad with the court in order to take his statement. He requested that the official notification to take his statement was to be sent to this address. Court granted this request and the hearing was postponed.

Second hearing of the case was set to be held on June 11, 2020. However the hearing was postponed due to the measures taken against “coronavirus” outbreak in Turkey.

Trial will continue with the third hearing on October 12, 2020.

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