Ayşenur Parıldak - ”Membership of an Armed Terrorist Organization” Trial

Ayşenur Parıldak, a reporter at the shuttered Zaman newspaper was taken into custody on August 4, 2016. Parıldak was charged for membership of an armed terrorist organization, and the prosecutor requested a prison sentence between 7.5 and 15 years.

In the indictment it was alleged that the application Bylock was installed on Parıldak’s phone. At the second hearing of the trial, the court requested an identity report on the telephone line that figured in the indictment. After media outlets close to the government reported the order for Parıldak’s release in a critical tone, the court’s request was fulfilled.

The report stated that the telephone line in question belonged to Parıldak. The release order was not implemented as the prosecutor’s office opposed it. The judge who had ordered Parıldak’s release, was removed from his post and appointed to the Ankara Regional Court.

During the trial, Parıldak claimed that the telephone line in question did not belong to her; however, this was not accepted by court. She was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison on charges of membership of an armed terrorist organization. The decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal and Court of Cassation. Since August 11, 2016, she has been serving time in Sincan Women’s Closed Prison.

Constitutional Court Process

Ayşenur Parıldak applied to the Constitutional Court on March 24th, 2017 claiming that her rights were violated.

In her application, Parıldak claimed that “her right to individual freedom and security”, “her right to respect for personal and family life”, “protection against treatment incompatible with human dignity”, “her right to education” and “freedom of expression and press” were violated. She asked that the Court confirm these violations.

In its verdict reached on November 28th, 2018, the Constitutional Court rejected all of Parıldak’s claims of violation. The verdict was reached unanimously.

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