Academic, writer and former columnist at Zaman Daily .Within the scope of the trial against Zaman writers, he was accused of “attempting to abolish the order foreseen by the constitution, the parliament and the government of the Republic of Turkey by use of force and violence” and “armed terrorist organisation membership” for his 7 articles. He faced 3 times aggravated life imprisonment and from 7 years 6 months to 15 years of imprisonment. The court, that oversaw the hearing, resisted the Constitutional Court’s decision for the release of Alpay due to violation of rights. He was released by the second decision of the high court, after 20 months of imprisonment at the age of 74. He was sentenced to 8 years 9 months of imprisonment for “membership of an armed terrorist organisation”. Appeal Court, approved the imprisonment sentence. Court of Cassation is examining the case.
Academic, rights advocate, forensic scientist. She took part in the Co-Editor-in-Chief on Duty campaign to show solidarity with the Özgür Gündem Daily, against the investigations the paper was facing and to defend the press freedom. She was kept in prison for 10 days in the scope of the investigation opened against her for the articles published during her term as Editor-in-Chief on Duty. She was acquitted of all of the accusations at the 11th hearing of the case at July 17th, 2019, at Istanbul 13th Assize Court, where she was tried along with Erol Önderoğlu and Ahmet Nesin with the accusations of “making propaganda for a terrorist organisation”. However objections were filed against this decision of acquittal. The court of appeal overruled the acquittal verdict on October 20th, 2020, and thus the retrial began.
Şirin Kabakçı has been working as a journalist since 1990. He worked for the Cihan News Agency and the Zaman Newspaper. He was the Konya regional correspondent for the Newspaper. He remained in pretrial detention for a year and 7 months on charges of “being a member of a terrorist organization”, “defamation” and “violation of confidentiality.” His trial goes on.
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