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Taraf Newspaper "Egemen Action Plan" Trial

Faruk Söker, a prosecutor at İstanbul Terror and Organized Crime Investigation Bureau, drafted a 276-page indictment featuring the former employees and journalists of Taraf newspaper Mehmet Baransu, Ahmet Hüsrev Altan, Yıldıray Oğur, Yasemin Çongar and Tuncay Opçin as “suspects”. The defendants are charged for obtaining and publishing the top secret “Egemen Action Plan” by the General Staff. This plan drafted in 2003 included the military strategy to be implemented by 1. Army Corps in a possible war between Turkey and Greece.

The trial continues at Istanbul 13. High Criminal Court and Taraf Newspaper executives and the journalist Mehmet Baransu stand trial for “Disclosing confidential information about the security and political interests of the state, destroying documents related to the security of the state, using these documents for a separate purpose, stealing such documents, obtaining documents concerning state security.” (Turkish Penal Code, Articles 326/1, 43, 327/1, 329/1).

Taraf Gazetesi "Egemen Harekat Planı" Davası (İddianame)

Tuğba Özer - İHH Trial

A lawsuit was filed against İleri Haber web site’s correspondent Tuğba Özer, for her news story dated December 13, 2016 and titled “ISIS Mentality in Education: IHH-member teacher took a picture of his students holding hangman’s nooses”.

In her news story, Özer reported that a teacher who was a member of the Humanitarian Aid Foundation (İHH) -claimed to have links to armed groups- took a picture of his students holding hangman’s nooses in the classroom.

İHH claimed that Özer and İleri Haber web site commited the crimes of insult and slander, and demanded 10 thousand TL for immaterial damages.

In its petition for the case, İHH claimed that it was slandered through a fabricated, unfounded news story, which humiliated and defamed İHH.

The trial against Özer took place at İstanbul 23. Criminal Court of First Instance. At the 6. hearing of the trial on October 17, 2019, the chairman of the panel of judges Metin Özdemir sentenced Özer and İleri Haber web site to 5 thousand TL for immaterial damages.

Tuğba Özer - İHH Davası (İddianame)