Mehmet Güleş, the Elazığ correspondent of the shuttered news agency DİHA, was detained on December 5, 2016 during an identity check at Elazığ Courthouse, where he went for news coverage. 3 day later, he was referred to the court, was arrested for “membership of a terrorist organization”, and taken to Elazığ E-Type Closed Prison.
The indictment cited as evidence against Güleş 35 phone calls for journalistic purposes and television reporting, as well as 20 posts on his social media accounts. He was charged with “membership of a armed terrorist organization” and “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization”.
The first hearing of the trial was held on April 3, 2017.
At the hearing dated May 3, 2017, Güleş was sentenced to 9 years, 4 months, 15 days of imprisonment for “membership of a armed terrorist organization” and “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization.”
An appeal was filed against the verdict at the appeal court, and then at the Court of Cassation. On October 16, 2018, 16. Criminal Chamber of the Court of Cassation upheld the verdict about Güleş. Since then, Güleş is held in Elazığ Closed Prison No. 1 since December 7, 2016.
His individual application to the Constitutional Court has not yet been processed.
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