Oktay Candemir - “Prevention of Public Duty” Trial

Journalist Oktay Candemir was taken into custody on May 5, 2019 in Van.

Candemir was following People’s Democratic Party’s (HDP) press statement at Van’s Sanat Street, as he was taken into custody.

Police claimed that the press statement was forbidden. And did not allow the statement. Four more people who attended the press statement were taken into custody as well.

Custody process took a day. Candemir, on May 6, 2019, was released to pend trial.

The indictment was completed on October 4, 2019.

The indictment claimed that, based on the decision to forbid, warnings were made in order to break up the group, police had intervened after the group refused to break up.

During the police intervention, some people from the group were claimed to “have resisted and not let police perform its public duty by kicking and punching them”.

It was stated that one of the police officers on duty during the intervention, was lightly injured, and along with other police officers, had filed an official complaint against Candemir and four suspects.

The indictment stated that, within that scope, an investigation against five people, including Candemir, was launched.

Three police officers were the “complainants” of the indictment.

The indictment accused Candemir of “using force or threats against a public officer in order to prevent him from performing his duty” according to the article 265/1 of the Turkish Penal Code. Candemir was requested to be sentenced to, from six months to three years of imprisonment.

Journalist Oktay Candemir’s trial started with the first hearing on June 25, 2020 at Van 5th Criminal Court of First Instance. A new judge was assigned as the judge was excused. Candemir and his attorneys too, were not present at the hearing. The hearing was adjourned.

The trial is set to continue with the second hearing on November 17, 2020.



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