Kibriye Evren - “Membership of an Armed Terrorist Organization” and “Propaganda of Terrorist Organization Through Press” Trial

Jin News correspondent Kibriye Evren was taken into custody during an operation on October 9 in Diyarbakır. She was arrested on October 11 and placed in Diyarbakır E-Type Closed Prison. The investigation about Evren was completed by Public Prosecutor’s Office and an indictment was drafted on October 18, 2018. Prosecutor leveled charges of “membership of a terrorist organization” and “spreading propaganda of a terrorist organization” in the indictment, which was accepted by Diyarbakır 5. High Criminal Court; the first hearing was scheduled for December 6, 2018.

The indictment presented Kibriye Evren’s journalistic activities and social media posts as criminal activities, and the secret witnesses and electronic tip-offs were deemed sufficient to open an investigation against her.

The 25-page indictment drafted by the prosecutor against Evren cited as evidence secret witness statements, social media posts and journeys abroad. The indictment presented the activities of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK), and of Kongreya Jinên Azad (KJA) and Tevgera Jinên Azad (TJA), which were shuttered by Decree Law, as criminal activities. The indictment dwelled upon the structure of KCK in a 11-page section, and upon associated institutions on 6 pages, claiming that all of their activities were illegal.

The indictment also portrayed TJA’s activities on the women’s question, and protests and events against male violence as “activities on behalf of a terrorist organization”, based on the following anonymous electronic tip-off sent to the Electronic Intelligence Branch over the internet: “TJA center. Mr. police officer, good evening. I want to give you information about PKK. Their women used to hang out in KJA. When that was closed then, they renamed it TJA. Women gather there. It is in the Ofis district. All they do is get together to talk about Öcalan and his isolation. Their fiercest militants go there. If I learn anything else, I will again message you.” It was further claimed that the Diyarbakır-based DTK, which has representatives in numerous cities, was an illegal structure with links to the “organization”. DTK’s meetings organized with the participation of MPs, mayors, NGOs, political parties, associations and unions, as well as being a DTK member or delegate were presented as criminal acts.

According to the indictment, the grounds for launching an investigation against Kibriye Evren were the statement given by a secret witness dubbed “EZEL” to the prosecutor on 03.07.2018 at the Diyarbakır Anti-Terror Branch; the statement given by a secret witness dubbed “FİRAR” to the prosecutor on 12.09.2018 at the Diyarbakır Anti-Terror Branch; the statement given by a secret witness dubbed “CESUR YÜREK” to the prosecutor on 28.03.2016; as well as Evren’s social media posts.

It was further claimed that Kibriye Evren’s name was mentioned in the documents obtained during the examination of digital materials seized upon a search warrant issued by Ankara 11. High Criminal Court on 27.11.2010. In addition, a photo taken on 20.08.2010 by Evren on the way to picnic with her friends was also added to the file as evidence of crime. Her journeys abroad for journalistic activities between 2015 and 2018 were likewise presented as evidence of crime.

The first hearing was held on December 6, 2018, the second hearing on January 10, 2019, the third hearing on April 16 and May 7, 2019. Kibriye Evren could not attend the last two hearings because she was on hunger strike. At the hearing on July 18, the panel of judges did not announce its verdict as its members had changed. Evren presented her defense in Turkish. The expected release order was not issued on September 24, and the 8th hearing will be held on November 12, 2019.

8th hearing of the case was held at November 12th, 2019. At the end of the hearing, after considering the time she already served she was released with conditions of a ban to leave the country and judicial control measures. 9th hearing of the case was held at March 10th, 2020. Next hearing of the case was set to July 14th, 2020.

The 10th hearing was held on July 14th 2020. Evren did not attend citing health problems.

The panel of judges ordered that Evren’s defense for the merged file be taken, and
ruled to send a writ to Mersin Public Prosecutor’s Office for drafting of the indictment against Evren, with a demand for the combination of the files against her.

The trial was adjourned until the 11th hearing scheduled for November 26th, 2020.



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