Oktay Candemir - “Insulting the President” Trial

Van Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation against journalist Oktay Candemir.

According to the indictment Candemir in his Twitter account, had tweeted:

“Erdoğan, by appointing trustees to the Mayorships, identifies where each political structure stands and will now play accordingly. Sooner or later this will give birth to new developments. Erdoğan, who sees that, is trying to make sure those developments born crippled. An example of divide and run policy”.

Candemir, Türk Ceza Kanunu’nun 299. maddesi uyarınca “Cumhurbaşkanına alenen hakaret etmekle” suçlandı. Kanuna göre, bir kişi hakkında bu suçlamaya ile dava açılabilmesi için Adalet Bakanı’nın izni gerekiyor. Candemir hakkında dava açılabilmesi için gereken bakanlık izni de 13 Aralık 2019 tarihinde verildi.

Candemir was accused of “publicly insulting the President” according to the article 299 of the Turkish Penal Code.
He was requested to be sentenced to, from one to four years. However it was claimed that the “crime of insulting the President was committed publicly”. Therefore, the requested sentence, was requested to be increased by a sixth according th the paragraph two of the article 299 of the Turkish Penal Code. Candemir, in total, was requested to be sentenced to, from one year two months to four years eight months of imprisonment.

Journalist Oktay Candemir’s trial started with the first hearing at Van 3rd Criminal Court of First Instance on July 7, 2020. Main judge was excused. It was seen that a new judge was appointed on his place. Candemir’s attorney Selda Aydın was absent with an excuse.

Second hearing of the case is set to October 8, 2020.



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