Beritan Canözer - “Membership of an Armed Terrorist Organizaton” Trial

Jin News Agency reporter Beritan Canözer stood trial for testimonies given by witnesses with known identities. In the indictment dated December 5, 2018, drafted by the Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor’s Office, it was stated that an investigation was launched against Beritan Canözer as it was alleged by witnesses that “she was a member of the armed terrorist organization PKK/KCK, was active within the organization, and acted upon the orders and instructions of senior leaders within its hierarchical structure.”“

The indictment drafted by Prosecutor sstated that Canözer in her statement indicated that she had no connection to the armed terrorist organization PKK/KCK, she was not a part of the organization, she did not know the witnesses against her, and she did not accept their testimonies.

Canözer was charged with “membership of an armed terrorist organization.”

The first hearing of the case was held on March 20, 2019, at the Diyarbakır Ninth High Criminal Court.

Witnesses connected to the court via the Audio and Video Information System (SEGBİS), and stated that they did not know Canözer and that their statements had been extracted by torture.

At the second hearing on June 26, the prosecutor asked Canözer to be sentenced to 7.5 to 15 years. Her lawyer requested additional time and the trial was adjourned until October 16, 2019.

Canözer was acquitted of all charges in the final hearing of the trial.

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