Dihaber Agency’s reporter Selman Keleş, and journalist Arif Arslan, who worked for Van İpekyolu Municipality, were detained on March 20, 2017 while taking photos of the concrete barriers in front of the Van Metropolitan Municipality building. They were arrested on March 31, 2017. Dihaber Agency, which Keleş worked for, was closed down by Decree Law No. 693 issued on August 25, 2017.
An indictment was drafted by Van Public Prosecutor, on charges of “membership of an armed terrorist organization”. Keleş and Arslan were released at the first hearing on November 21, 2017. Upon the prosecutor’s objection to this ruling, a second arrest warrant was issued against them.
Selman Keleş was detained in Diyarbakır on December 12, 2017 and released on December 13, 2017. He left Turkey and applied for asylum in Switzerland. The court put Arif Aslan on probation and banned him from going abroad.
The hearing on September 5, 2019 lasted three minutes. The court adjourned the trial until January 16, 2020 on the grounds that the statement of Selman Keleş, who had applied for asylum in Switzerland, could not be taken.