Gökhan Öner - “Membership of an Armed Terrorist Organization” and “Propaganda of Terrorist Organization” Trial

On April 27, 2018, the following anonymous message was sent to Denizli Police Department, Electronic Intelligence Department at 14.08: “I am Kurdish, too. But Nevzat’s son M. from Sarayköy, construction worker M. K. from Esentepe, their friends E. and E. K., and DİHA reporter Gökhan will stage a bomb attack that will massacre scores of Turks and Kurds in Denizli. They will avenge the deaths of the terrorists killed in the East and Syria. These individuals have received an order from the terrorist organization, the guerilla”.

On April 28, 2018, construction workers M. D., E.B., M.K., E.H. and journalist Gökhan Öner were taken into custody in house raids. They were detained in the police department for seven days. Following the end of the detention period, the suspects were released pending trial, while Gökhen Öner was arrested. İndictment, drafted on June 8, 2018.

After three months of imprisonment, Gökhan Öner was released in the first hearing like the other defendants, pending trial. Gökhan Öner pleaded not guilty for all the charges, indicating in his statements to the prosecutor and the court that he was simply a journalist, the tip-off was unfounded, and the police had no material evidence.

At the end of the trial, Öner was sentenced to 10 months in prison. The court ordered the deferment of the announcement of the verdict.



Gökhan Öner

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