Meşale Tolu was detained on April 30, 2017 in a police raid on her house. On May 5, she was referred to the public prosecutor’s office. She was ordered to be arrested by Istanbul 9. Criminal Court of Peace on charges of “membership of an armed terrorist organization” and “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization”, and placed in Bakırköy Closed Prison.
Prosecutor completed the indictment with 18 defendants on July 7, 2017, and claimed based upon a secret witness statement from 2015 that Tolu had participated in commemorations for Şirin Öter, Yeliz Erbay and Ivana Hoffmann in 2014 as well as anti-corruption rallies by the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP). This case was then expanded to include other defendants accused of membership to the Marxist Leninist Communist Party (MLKP), with the total number of defendants reaching 26.
The prosecutor requested sentences as per Turkish Penal Code 314/2 (membership of a terrorist organization), 63/1 (restricting freedoms), 54/1 (confiscation of goods), 58/9 (repeated offense), 53/1 (deprivation of certain rights).
Meşale Tolu was released at the second hearing on December 18, 2017, on condition of judicial control and a ban on going abroad.
After her release, police officers from the Anti-Terror Branch (TEM) tried to take Meşale Tolu a police station and deport her. The ban on Tolu’s going abroad was lifted in August 2018. A German citizen of Turkish origin, Tolu returned to Germany.