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Murat Aksoy was a writer for Millet newspaper. He was detained on 30 August 2016 on allegations of “being affiliated with FETO media structure”. He was placed in custody on 3 September 2016 on the charge of “knowingly and willingly aiding the armed organisation despite not being a part of its hierarchical structure”. The indictment charged Aksoy with “membership of an armed organisation”. The prosecution demanded that Aksoy be sentenced to imprisonment of between five years and 10 years. The court ruled Aksoy to be released pending trial at the first hearing on 31 March 2017. Aksoy was placed in custody again the same day as part of a new investigation. The second indictment charged him with “attempting to destroy the constitutional order” and “attempting to destroy the government”. The prosecution demanded that Aksoy be sentenced to two aggravated life sentences. He was released at the hearing of the trial dated 24 October 2017. At the end of the trial, Aksoy was sentenced to imprisonment of twenty five months on the charge of “knowingly and willingly aiding the armed terrorist organisation despite not being a member of its hierarchical structure” on 8 March 2018. The court of appeals approved the ruling. He was placed in custody again on 22 November 2018 after the ruling was finalised. Aksoy was released on 4 January 2019 after having completed his prison sentence. The Court of Cassation approved the imprisonment sentence after the sentence was completed.

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