Mehmet Gündem was taken into custody as part of the investigation against Foundation of Journalists and Writers, together with 45 other individuals including Nuh Gönültaş, a contributor to the Bugün and Zaman newspaper, on charges of links to “Fethullahist Terrorist Organization/Parallel State Structure (FETÖ/PDY)”.
İstanbul Anadolu Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office had issued an arrest warrant for 111 individuals in 16 Turkish provinces as part of this investigation into Crimes Against the Constitutional Order.
The ground for the investigation was Fethullah Gülen’s role as the Honorary Chairman of the Foundation of Journalists and Writers.
The police procedures for Gündem and other defendants were completed on November 9, 2017 and they were brought to the courthouse. After the interrogation at the prosecutor’s office, he was referred to the court with a request for his arrest on charges of “membership of a terrorist organization” and “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization”. Anadolu Criminal Court of Peace on Duty ordered the arrest of Gündem and four other individuals including journalists Behram Kılıç and Nuh Gönültaş on charges of “membership of a terrorist organization”. Gündem was placed in Silivri Closed Prison No. 9.
The indictment against him was completed in June 2018. In the indictment, the prosecutor requested Gündem be sentenced to 7.5 to 15 years in prison.
The first hearing of the case was held at Istanbul 35. High Criminal Court on August 14, 2018. Before the hearing on May 7, 2019, the prosecutor submitted his opinion as to the accusations. At the hearing on July 9, 2017, the court sentenced Mehmet Gündem to 6 years, 10 months, 15 days of imprisonment, on charges of “membership of a terrorist organization”.
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