The case against Karşı Newspaper employees accusing the newspaper of being FETÖ’s instrument was merged with the case against Eren Erdem, its former editor-in-chief and former CHP MP.
In this case with 12 defendants, there are two defendants prisoned pending trial, one is journalist Eren Erdem, and the other is a social media user who also owns an internet news site and is accused for his messages.
At the second hearing of the case, the court ordered Erdem’s release, but upon the objection of the prosecutor, a second arrest warrant was issued for Erdem. Erdem left the prison, spent the night at the gendarmerie, was referred to a higher court and then arrested again.
At the final hearing on March 1, 2019, the court sentenced Eren Erdem to 4 years, 2 months and acquitted Mehmet Bozkurt and Kutlu Esendemir, on charges of “knowingly and willingly aiding an armed terrorist organization without taking part in its hierarchical structure”.