İshak Karakaş, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Halkın Nabzı and writer of Artı Gerçek web site, was taken into custody on January 22, 2018 in a house raid under the scope of the investigation against social media criticisms towards the Operation Olive Branch launched by Turkish Armed Forces into the Afrin province of Syria.
Karakaş was arrested on January 26, by Istanbul 9. Criminal Court of Peace on duty, on charges of “spreading propaganda for an organization”. Nine of the suspects along with Karakaş were arrested in this investigation against 10 suspects. According to the indictment drafted by Public Prosecutor, Karakaş was charged for “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization” pursuant to Anti-Terror Law, Article 7/2.
The first hearing of the case was held on May 8, 2018 at Istanbul 28. High Criminal Court. Defendant Karakaş and the other detainees were released on condition of judicial control. Karakaş’s probation was ended at the hearing on November 20, 2018, and his ban on going abroad was lifted on January 17, 2019.
At the hearing on January 17, the public prosecutor’s office submitted the opinion as to the accusations and requested that İshak Karakaş be sentenced for “continuously spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization”.
At the end of the trial, Karataş was sentenced to 1 year, 6 months, 22 days of imprisonment.