An investigation was initiated against Alican Uludağ, a reporter for the Cumhuriyet newspaper, on charges of “violating the confidentiality of investigation” in his articles titled “Dört Hakim ve Savcı, HSYK’nin İhraç Ettiği İsimler Arasında Yok”, (“Four judges and prosecutors are not among the ones who were sacked by the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors”) and “Evet’çi Savcı FETÖ toplantısında” (The judge who called for a “yes” in the referendum was at the FETÖ meeting”) published in the Cumhuriyet on March 20, 2017.
In the news article, Uludağ cited the statements received from a secret witness named “Çakıl” within the scope of the investigation against FETÖ in Antalya. Accordingly, “Çakıl” had claimed that certain judges and prosecutors had ties to FETÖ. These statements had been sent to the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK); however, the individuals mentioned by “Çakıl” had not figured among the names later expelled from the judiciary by HSYK. Uludağ coded three of the four names, but openly cited Cevdet Kayafoğlu’s name. Prior to the April 16, 2017 constitutional referendum, the then Antalya Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor Kayafoğlu had stated on social media, “Those who vote ‘No’ will be treated just like members of PKK.”
Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, completed the indictment against Uludağ on May 31, 2017. The four judges and prosecutors cited by Uludağ in his article were presented as complainants in the indictment. The prosecutor requested a prison sentence of one to three years as well as judicial fines for Uludağ on charges of “violating the confidentiality of investigation” by publishing a secret witness statement, as per Article 285 of the Turkish Penal Code.
The Istanbul Second Criminal Court of First Instance presiding over the proceedings ordered that Uludağ’s statement be taken in Ankara.
Uludağ gave his statement at the 34th Criminal Court of First Instance in Ankara, on December 6, 2018.
Following the statement, the first hearing of Uludağ’s trial was held on February 7, 2019 at the Istanbul Second Criminal Court of First Instance.