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Taş worked as a columnist for the now-closed Meydan newspaper and Haberdar news website. He was detained over allegations of “being affiliated with FETÖ Media Structure” on 31 August 2016. He was remanded on 3 September 2016 on charges of “knowingly and willingly aiding an armed terrorist organisation despite not being a part of its hierarchical structure”. The indictment charged him with “membership of an armed organisation”. The prosecution demanded that Taş be sentenced to imprisonment of between five and 10 years. He was released after the first hearing of the trial on 31 March 2017. The same day, he was detained again as part of a new investigation concerning him. The second indictment charged him with “attempting to destroy the constitutional order” and “attempting to destroy the government”. The prosecution demanded that Taş be sentenced to two aggravated life sentences. The court ruled that Taş be released in the hearing held on 27 October 2017. At the end of the trial process, he was sentenced to imprisonment of three years, one month and 15 days on charges of “knowingly and willingly aiding an armed organisation despite not being a part of its hierarchical structure”. After the approval of the ruling by the court of appeals, he was remanded once again on 8 November 2018. He was released on 8 February 2019 after completing his sentence. The Court of Cassation overturned the ruling concerning Taş. It was decided that the trial should be conducted along with the charges of “defamation of the President” and “publicly holding state institutions and organs in contempt”. Taş’s trial recommenced.


Tunca İlker Öğreten is an editor for diken.com.tr. He reported the news about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law and then-Minister of Energy and Natural Sources Berat Albayrak’s emails, which were published by a ‘hacker’ group called ‘RedHack.’ He has been pending trial within the scope of the ‘Redhack lawsuit.’ Prosecutors have recommended he receive 13 years of jail time.

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