Gökmen Ulu was the İzmir correspondent for the Sözcü Newspaper.
The police conducted an operation within the scope of “investigation on the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization / Parallel State Structure (FETÖ/PDY)” for the owner and employees of the Sözcü newspaper. Burak Akbay, owner of the newspaper, was not found at his home address, therefore the court ruled for an apprehension warrant. The Sözcü Newspaper’s İzmir correspondent Gökmen Ulu, Mediha Olgun, the chief of the newspaper’s news portal and Y.Y., who was the fiscal manager of the newspaper, were arrested.
After spending one week in custody, Ulu was sent to Silivri Prison along with Mediha Ongun on May 26, 2017.
Asım Ekren, the chief public prosecutor, issued the indictment on Sept. 26, 2017. In the indictment, Ulu was charged for “aiding an organization knowingly and willingly, although he does not belong to that structure” (TPC 220/7).
The Istanbul 37th High Criminal Court accepted the indictment. Ulu was released during the first hearing of the trial on Nov. 8, 2017 with a travel ban under judicial control.
In the indictment, the report dated July 15, 2016 (the same date of the failed coup attempt) and titled “Sözcü Erdoğan’ı Buldu” (Sözcü Found Erdoğan) which was about Erdoğan’s whereabouts on that day was claimed to be “guiding and encouraging the assassination attempt and facilitating the crime, both before and after it was committed.”
Another chief public prosecutor, Arif Cemil Özkurşun also issued an indictment against Sözcü’s editor-in-chief Metin Yılmaz, Mustafa Çetin, Necati Doğru, Yücel Arı, and Mustafa Emin Çölaşan. The indictment was also accepted by Istanbul 37th High Criminal Court. In the first hearing of the trial on Jan. 18, 2019, upon the request of prosecutor Özkurşun, the court ruled to consolidate the cases.
The first hearing of the merged trial was set for April 16, 2019. Ulu was released pending trial.
At the 9th hearing of trial held on Sept. 4, 2019, the judicial control of travel ban against Gökmen Ulu was removed.
10th hearing of the consolidated case was held at October 28th, 2019. Next hearing was set to December 27th.
The police conducted an operation within the scope of an “investigation on the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization / Parallel State Structure (FETÖ/PDY)” for the owner and employees of the Sözcü newspaper. Burak Akbay, owner of the newspaper, was not found at his home address, therefore the court ruled for an apprehension warrant. The Sözcü newspaper’s İzmir correspondent Bekir Gökmen Ulu, Mediha Olgun, the chief of the newspaper’s news portal and Y.Y. who was the fiscal manager of the newspaper, were detained. Ulu and Olgun were jailed pending trial.
According to prosecutor Asım Ekren’s indictment, one of Sözcü’s cover photos (issued Jan. 1, 2016) was prosecuted and charged for “Insulting the President of the Republic.” The cover photo was a satire word search puzzle and the headline was “Your Fortune for 2016.” Sözcü was prosecuted for the placing of the words. It was claimed that the placing of the “TAYYİPİC, ÖLRECEP, YERDOĞAN, YEZİT” letters were insulting the President.
While the investigation continues, regarding the ‘Sözcü Found Erdoğan’ story file, the court ruled it was not in its jurisdiction on Aug. 8, 2016.
In the scope of the investigation that was conducted after the outside of jurisdiction verdict, in the Directorate of Anti-smuggling And Organized Crime Bureau of Istanbul Police Office’s open source report, it was claimed that “the report was guiding and encouraging the attempt to assassinate the President” on Aug. 14, 2016.
The police conducted an operation within the scope of an “investigation on the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization / Parallel State Structure (FETÖ/PDY)” for the owner and employees of the Sözcü newspaper on May 19, 2017.
Burak Akbay, owner of the newspaper, was not found at his home address, therefore the court ruled for an apprehension warrant. The Sözcü newspaper’s İzmir correspondent Bekir Gökmen Ulu, Mediha Olgun, the chief of the newspaper’s news portal and Yonca Yücekaleli who was the fiscal manager of the newspaper, were detained.
After spending one week in custody, Yücekaleli was released pending trial. Mediha Ongun spent 120 days in pretrial detention and was released on Sept. 22, 2017. And Bekir Gökmen Ulu was released during the first hearing of the trial on Nov. 8, 2017.
In the indictment dated Sept. 26, 2017 that was penned by the chief public prosecutor Asım Ekren, the report dated July 15, 2016 (the same date of the failed coup attempt) and titled “Sözcü Erdoğan’ı Buldu” (Sözcü Found Erdoğan) which was about Erdoğan’s whereabouts on that day was claimed to be “guiding and encouraging the assassination attempt and facilitating the crime.”
Some articles and reports published in the Sözcü newspaper were also mentioned in the indictment under the charge of “aiding an organization knowingly and willingly, although she or he does not belong to that structure.”
Bekir Gökmen Ulu was charged for “aiding an organization knowingly and willingly, although he does not belong to that structure.”
Asım Ekren’s 73-page indictment and Arif Cemil Özkurşun’s 61-page indictment are nearly facsimile, except for the parts regarding the different defendants. In the indictment, Özkurşun used the sentence, “ongoing prosecution’s indictment prepared by Asım Ekren,” between parenthesis.
In the indictment, in contrast to Ekren’s “FETÖ-PDY” choice, Arif Cemil Özkurşun named the movement of Fethullah Gülen’s followers as “FETÖ” in bold capital letters.
In the indictment, Bekir Gökmen Ulu was introduced as “the reporter who wrote the report about the whereabouts of the President just before the armed coup attempt against the government of the Turkish Republic, the one who perpetrated the act.”
In the 4-page chapter titled, “The transition to the investigation process,” the prosecutor summarized the events starting from the investigation against the “puzzle” cover to the “Sözcü Found Erdoğan” report.
The next 12-page chapter titled, “Fethullahist Terrorist Organization / Parallel State Structure (FETÖ/PDY) The Aim and The Method of The Organization, The Organization’s Media Structure, Editorial Policies, Perception Creating Methods”, the prosecutor explained these topics and claimed that some of the reports of the newspaper were sourced by police officers and “[those] personnel were informing Sözcü newspaper’s managers without [the knowledge of their superiors] and with the aim of creating a certain perception in the public, the newspaper was constantly reporting these pieces of information as if they were the truths.”
In the indictment, the prosecutor also summarized the Department of Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime, General Directorate’s report on “Media Structure and Methods of FETÖ/PDY.”
The following claims were made in the report:
“[There were] publications praising the parallel state structure and this structure’s managers; publications making the crimes of this structure look simple, presenting these crimes as heroism; articles published after the operations were biased, targeting the state and aiming to erode public institutions; publications relating to the protests against the detention of this structure’s members; reports misinforming the public and making organization’s propaganda, publications aiming to create a counter-perception on national issues …”
In the journalism expert report, it was claimed that “besides the daily topics, the base of the editorial policy of the newspaper was to create a perception that the Turkish government has an attitude or is actively supporting terrorism inside and outside Turkey.”
In the indictment, the prosecutor suggested that Sözcü “has a similar layout, they use the same parlance, they work simultaneously” with Zaman - which was referred to as “FETÖ/PDY’s media which was shut down - and Sözcü has “similarities with the tone of FETÖ/PDY’s media outlets and social media accounts.”
Especially the audio recordings claiming to capture some of the government authorities, the reports on the posts of a social media personality nicknamed Fuat Avni, Emin Çölaşan’s article titled “Şimdi Cemaati savunma zamanı” (“Now is the time to defend the Congregation”- “Congregation” refers to the movement of Fethullah Gülen’s followers), Necati Doğru’s article titled, “Naylon darbe!” (“Fake coup!”) and some of the reports published in Sözcü were among the claims.
In the 15 pages of witness testimonies, besides the hostile witnesses such as pro-government columnists and journalists like Ersoy Dede, Cem Küçük, Fehmi Koru and Hüseyin Gülerce, there were also testimonies of witnesses including Akbay’s father which were taken accordingly by the defense attorneys’ requests.
The claim that “Burak Akbay was growing up in the houses of FETÖ/PDY” which was stated by one of the hostile witnesses, Fehmi Koru’s article dated 2010 and published with a pen name, and other witnesses’ claims of Sözcü’s alleged affiliation with the FETÖ/PDY stood out in the indictment.
Even though, Fehmi Koru claimed he was informed by Burak Akbay’s father, Akbay’s father did not confirm it.
Among the favorable testimonies, it was stated that “Sözcü was opposing the government and the claim of similarity with the FETÖ/PDY media outlets is not true.”
In the indictment, the testimonies of Gökmen Ulu were also summarized.
In the indictment, for about 10 pages, the prosecutor listed “The Notions of The Organization, Being A Member of A Terrorist Organization, Making The Propaganda of A Terrorist Organization, Freedom of Speech And Thought, The Articles Regarding the Regulations of The Imputed Offenses, Sample Verdicts of European Court of Human Rights and The Court of Cassation.”
In the conclusion and request section of the indictment, it was claimed that when the “Sözcü Found Erdoğan” report was published, the location of Erdoğan was unknown, therefore his location was shared with the public by this report.” The following statements were used in the indictment’s conclusion section:
“[The testimony of] a witness of the indictment which was issued by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office regarding the Army and Air Force Command in Ankara, the efforts of the plotters to locate President Erdoğan, [the note about] whether or not they would ask for assistance from the USA; [the testimony of] the anonymous witness, [which stated that] Hidayet Karaca, one of FETÖ’s media structure managers said the Cumhuriyet newspaper and the Sözcü newspaper should be taken over gradually and other issues should be considered altogether and then be evaluated. The nature of the action can only be clearly understood when the pieces are brought together …”
In the indictment, a punishment was requested for Gökmen Ulu under the charge of “aiding an organization knowingly and willingly, although he does not belong to that structure.”
In the hearing, Bekir Gökmen Ulu said the following in his defense:
“I have always advocated for democracy, a secular, social and constitutional state, the rule of law, justice, the human rights and the fundamental freedoms, the national integrity, the achievements of the Republic and Atatürk’s Turkey. I have always been loyal to the truth. I served the people’s right to learn the truth as only an independent journalist, without compromising the universal journalism code of ethics, without taking orders from anyone, without engaging with any political party, association, congregation or society. Maybe you have seen in the press when the patronage tried to impose unethical censorship and interfere in our editorial independence on TV where I worked for before the Sözcü newspaper, I resigned on the same day with my mentor Uğur Dündar. And I made the following statement:
“I can lose my job, but I can’t lose my honor.” Because our profession, journalism, is a critical profession. And in this situation, I couldn’t have surrendered to the oppression and be a tool of evil and I never will. In the times when FETÖ was suppressing the jurisdiction that it seized and fear took over the public, I stand against the unlawfulness and cruelty. In my writings and TV programs, I showed the evil of FETÖ, the games of imperialists, their ambitions on our country, the plots against our intellectuals from day one. I was the voice of the victims of plots’ families. While Kemalists were jailed by the FETÖ despotism, I was at the gates of the Silivri Prison along with Atilla Sertel’s İzmir Journalists Association, and I was shouting: “Dogs of Fethullah cannot defeat us!” If İlker Başbuğ, Tuncay Özkan, Yılmaz Özdil, Mustafa Balbay, Vardiya Bizde Platform [The families of imprisoned soldiers who were prosecuted in Ergenekon and Sledgehammer trials], the President of Ataturkist Thought Association or any other victim of the plots would have called me a FETÖist, I wouldn’t wait for those honor butchers and kill myself. In considering this claim as a hideous insult. If the real problem is dissident journalism, to be prosecuted for this act would be precise. But I took such a big slander to heart.”
“…The accusations are illogical and unjust. They are baseless and unlawful. This is a fabricated crime. Just like in any other country, in Turkey, every step taken by the leaders are newsworthy. Of course, they are newsworthy. It is called political tabloid news. The whereabouts and the actions of the leaders are always a matter of curiosity.”
“Journalists want to get a scoop. Those pieces get the attention of the readers. Those are award-winning news. Journalists detail all the features of the hotels that the leader stays in, what she/he does, who she/he meets … etc. in their report. If she/he walks, or sits, or swims, or wears a hat, or wears shorts, or eats a dinner, even what was served in the dinner and which sauce was in the dinner would be listed in the report. If it is possible, the report would be backed with photographs. It has always been like this, both in Turkey and the world. Numerous reports on from Özal [Turgut Özal, former President of Turkey] to Demirel [Süleyman Demirel, former President of Turkey], Çiller [Tansu Çiller, former Prime Minister of Turkey] and Erbakan [Necmettin Erbakan, former Prime Minister of Turkey] have been published. There are hundreds of news reports on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s vacations in Bolu, Antalya, Istanbul, Marmaris, Bodrum, Rize or Paris. All of them are in the file. For example, I am reading Doğan News Agency’s report, dated July 1, 2013: “After two days of no explanation - which made it a matter of curiosity - it is revealed that Prime Minister Erdoğan has been in İzmir’s Urla county, which he has preferred for a few times before”… So if someone would have tried to hurt President Erdoğan after this report was published, would the journalists who published this report be the ones who are responsible?”
“I wrote the President’s “Marmaris Vacation” report on July 15, 2016, by day, in the regular flow of life. It was published in “sozcu.com.tr” at 16:25. Two days later, on July 17, 2016, Sabah and Takvim newspapers tried to attribute unbelievable meanings to my report and defame me. They carried out a perception operation. Then after 10 months, a prosecutor took action and now I have been a captive in the jail for 166 days. As I mentioned before, this is clearly a fabricated crime, it is unlawful and an atrocity. Let me tell you how I wrote this story: The one who wrote about President Erdoğan’s Marmaris vacation was Doğan News Agency, it was published four days before our story. That is totally normal. It is a journalistic activity, of course. I want to repeat one more time: The one who wrote about President Erdoğan’s Marmaris vacation was Doğan News Agency, it was published four days before our story. DHA’s story was published in several national news outlets’ websites on July 11, 2015.”
“…Here again, the date is July 11, 2017, at 14:20. DHA’s report was published in a lot of newspapers, including Hürriyet. Of course, as I have said before, our colleagues just did their jobs. I went to Marmaris after I read this report. Also, some tourists who stayed at the same hotel with Erdoğan shared this information on social media. It can be seen that after June 11, 2016, these citizens’ social media posts and comments had been shared for days. So it means that this information was shared before us both in the media and social media.”
“As I have mentioned before, the first report was published on July 11 by DHA. There are social media posts of Turkish tourists who stayed in the same hotel with Erdoğan. Our lawyers added these posts to the court case file. Totally natural. So two days after seeing these reports and social media posts, I went to Marmaris from İzmir to report on the President’s vacation. I didn’t work in secret. In Marmaris, from tourism staff to tradesmen, anyone would have told you that the President was on vacation at Yazıcı Hotel. I told you about the reports, social media posts and newspapers. I went to Yazıcı Hotel, with my, Sözcü labeled car and camera, I waited outside of the hotel for President Erdoğan to leave so I could take some photographs of him, and if I get lucky to get a statement. I entered the hotel. I drank tea, chatted and had lunch with the hotel managers who are my friends for years. When they asked me “What brought you here, Gökmen,” I told them I was there to report the President’s vacation. So they reported to President’s staff that I was there for the vacation. This means the presidency staff knew that I was there and actually saw me. They didn’t interfere. So in such an ordinary day, I worked for my piece, openly. A vacation story …”
“The result is a bare indictment. Actually, this is not an indictment but a document of slander. A confession of unlawfulness. I feel humiliated on behalf of Turkish Law and shame on behalf of my country. My innocence is obvious. The facts that were suppressed cannot be exterminated. It would create a roust, and one day, it will definitely appear. That day everyone will see the truth. It has now turned into a tsunami and nobody can stand in its way. I believe this applies to my situation. Your honor, your court, and the prosecution counsel! My way is the way of justice, republic, democracy, peace, and freedom. In other words, my way is the way of Atatürk’s path to civilization. And yet, if the real problem is this, if the slanderers’ real concern is this, everyone should know: “We won’t go back from this roady.”
Another chief public prosecutor, Arif Cemil Özkurşun also issued an indictment against Sözcü’s editor-in-chief Metin Yılmaz, Mustafa Çetin, Necati Doğru, Yücel Arı, and Mustafa Emin Çölaşan. The indictment was also accepted by the Istanbul 37th High Criminal Court. In the first hearing of the trial on Jan. 18, 2019, upon the request of prosecutor Özkurşun, the court ruled to consolidate the cases.
The first hearing of the merged trial was set for April 16, 2019. At the hearing, the opinion as to the accusations was announced. The next hearing for the defences was set for June 14, 2019.
At the 8th hearing of trial held on June 14, 2019, Mustafa Emin Çölaşan, Necati Doğru, Metin Yılmaz, Mediha Olgun, Gökmen Ulu, Yücel Arı made their statements against the opinion as to the accusations. Mustafa Çetin and Y.Y. demanded an extension of time. All the lawyers of the defendants also demanded an extension of time against the opinion as to the accusations.
At the 9th hearing of trial held on Sept. 4, 2019, the defences against the opinion as to the accusations were heared. The judicial control of travel ban against Gökmen Ulu was removed.
10th hearing of the case took place at October 28th, 2019.
Court board ruled that the changes made with the First Package of Judicial Reforms was set in motion at October 24th, 2019, should be taken into consideration and the files should be sent to prosecution in order to prepare a new opinion as to the accusations. Court decided that in case the opinion was prepared,it should be sent to the attorneys to prepare a defence as to the accusations.
Court board set the next hearing to December 27th, 2019, 10:00.
19 Mayıs 2017’de Sözcü gazetesi sabinin ve çalışanlarının evlerine “Fetullahçı Terör Örgütü (FETÖ) adına suç işlemek” iddiasıyla operasyon düzenlendi.
Adresinde bulunamayan gazete sahibi Burak Akbay hakkında yakalama kararı çıkartılırken, İzmir muhabiri Gökmen Ulu, internet sitesi sorumlu müdürü Mediha Olgun ve mali işler müdürü Yonca Yücekaleli gözaltına alındı. Bir haftalık gözaltı süresinin ardından Yücekaleli, tutuksuz yargılamak üzere serbest bırakılırken, Ulu ve Ongun 8 Kasım 2017’deki ikinci duruşmaya kadar tutuklu kaldı.
İstanbul Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı savcılarından Arif Cemal Özkurşun’un Ekim 2017’de hazırladığı iddianamede Sözcü gazetesinin 15 Temmuz darbe girişimi günü saat 16.25’te Gökmen Ulu imzalı, “Sözcü Erdoğan’ı Buldu” başlıklı, Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan’ın o gün konumunun verildiği haberle “suikast girişimine yol gösterici, davet edici ve suç ifası öncesi ile sonrası için kolaylaştırıcı haber yaptığı” iddia edildi. Sözcü gazetesinde yayınlanan birçok haber ve köşe yazısı da “Silahlı Terör Örgütü İçindeki Hiyerarşik Yapıya Dahil Olmamakla Birlikte Örgüte Bilerek-İsteyerek Yardım Etme” suçlamasıyla hazırlanan iddianameye konu oldu.
7 Kasım 2018’de görülen 5. duruşma 7 dakika sürdü. Gazete avukatları, sanıklar hakkındaki tüm yakalama kararı veya adli kontrol şartlarının kaldırılmasını talep etti, mahkeme talepleri reddetti.
İstanbul 37. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde görülen 5. duruşmada mahkeme heyeti Akın Gürlek başkanlığında üye hakimler Erol Güngör ve Ferhat Gülbağça’dan oluştu.
Duruşma dosyaya giren evrakların (Burak Akbay’a ait HTS - Historical Traffic Search/Geçmiş telefon iletişimi trafiği- analiz raporu, İstanbul Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı’na dosyaya ilişkin yolladığı evrak) okunmasıyla başlandı.
Ardından sanık avukatları söz aldı. Sırayla avukatlar Celal Ülgen, İsmail Yılmaz, Ceren Yakışır, Can Çelik konuştu.
Avukat Ülgen konuşmasına “Adalet adına yapılmış zulümden daha büyük zulüm yoktur” diye başlarken, müvekkili Akbay hakkındaki yakalama kararının kaldırılmasını talep etti.
Avukat Yılmaz, 6 Temmuz 2018 tarihli dilekçedeki beyanları tekrarladıklarını söyledi, Buak Akbay’ın el konulan iPad cihazının iadesini ve hakkındaki yakalama kararının reddini talep etti. Ayrıca iddianameye konu olan telefon görüşmesiyle ilgili telefon hattının kime ait olduğunun tespiti (sözleşme) için Vodafone’a yazı yazılmasını istedi.
Avukat Yakışır da Vodafone’a yazı yazılması talebini tekrar ederken, “Zira yazılacak müzekkere sözleşme içeriğine ait olmayı özellikle HTS analiz raporunda müvekkilim Akbay ile görüşmesi bulunan kişinin o telefon hattını kullanıp kullanmadığının tespiti için önemlidir. Dosyada müvekkilim Akbay hakkında soruşturmanın en başından bu zamana kadar FETÖ ile irtibatına dair hiçbir delil yoktur. Sürecin uzaması hak mahrumiyeti yaratmaktadır, hakkındaki yakalama kararının kaldırılmasını talep ediyoruz” dedi.
Avukat Çelik ise müvekkili Mediha Olgun hakkındaki yurtdışına çıkış yasağı şeklinde adli kontrol kararının kaldırılmasını istedi.
Savcı “sanık Akbay hakkındaki yakalama emrinin infazının beklenilmesine, adli kontrol kararının aynen devamına, eksik hususların giderilmesi talep olunur” dedi.
Esas hakkında mütalaanın 12 Mart 2019’da görülecek 6. duruşmada verilmesi bekleniyor.
İstanbul Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı’na müzakere yazılarak 2017/126355 soruşturma sayılı dosyaya (Sözcü gazetesinin yazarlarına yönelik soruşturma) ilişkin soruşturmanın bitip bitmediği, eğer iddianame düzenlenmiş ise buna ilişkin iddianame örneğinin mahkemeye gönderilmesinin istenmesi,
Vodafone A.Ş.’ye müzakere yazılarak telefon hattının hat abonelik sözleşmesi, bu hattın kim tarafından kullanıldığı ve bu hatta dair 9 Mayıs 2016 tarihi ve sonrasında bu hattın kimin tarafından kullanıldığı özellikle Halil Burak Balkız ya da bir başkası tarafından kullanılıp kullanılmadığına ilişkin müzekkere yazılmasına, bu konuda yazılarak müzekkereye ilişkin sanık müdafiilerine elden takip yetkisi verilmesine, müzekkereye bu hususun şerh edilmesine,
Dosya kapsamı, sanık Burak Akbay’ın halen yurtdışında bulunmuş olması dikkate alınarak, sanık hakkında daha önceki aşamalarda uygulanan CMK 94-100 maddesindeki yakalama emri infazının aynen devamına,
Her ne kadar bir kısmı sanıklar müdafii müvekkilleri hakkında Ceza Muhakemesi Kanunu 109/3-A (Adli kontrol kararı ve uygulanması) maddesindeki yurtdışına çıkış yasağının tedbirinin kaldırılmasını talep etmiş ise de bu yöndeki taleplerinin reddine,
Celse arasında dosya tekemmül (tamama erme) etmiş olacağından esas hakkında mütalaa için dosyanın iddia makamına gönderilmesine,
Bu nedenle duruşmanın 12 Mart 2019 günü saat 9:45’e bırakılmasına karar verildi.
Aynı gün aynı saatlerde Büyükada’da gözaltına alınan hak savunucularının duruşması dolayısıyla adliye binası önü kalabalıktı ancak Sözcü davasının görüldüğü duruşma salonunun önü boştu.
Avukatlar Celal Ülgen ve İsmail Yılmaz duruşmaya saatinde geldi, avukatlar Ceren Yakışır ve Can Çelik ise duruşma başladıktan sonra salona girdi.
9:50’de başlaması öngörülen duruşma 9:53’te başladı, 10:05’te sona erdi.
Girişte katılımcılara basın kartı veya herhangi bir kimlik bilgisi sorulmadı. Duruşma sırasında katılımcıların bilgisayar veya telefon kullanımına ilişkin bir uyarıda bulunulmadı, duruşmayı rahatlıkla bilgisayara not alarak takip edebildim.
Sanıklar duruşmaya katılmadı.
Mahkeme Salonu Koşulları
Duruşma salonu 20-25 kişilikti. İçeride güvenlik görevlisi bulunmuyordu. Sadece mahkeme heyeti, katip ve katılımcılar duruşma salonunda hazır bulundu.
Katılımcılar katılımcı bölümünde, dört avukat ise avukatlara ayrılan bölümde oturdu.
Sözcü gazetesinden iki muhabir ve farklı kurumlardan dört gazeteci duruşmayı takip etti. Toplam katılımcı sayısı dokuzdu. Duruşma salonunda herhangi bir meslek örgütü, hak örgütü ya da siyasi parti temsilcisi yoktu.
Duruşma 10 dakika civarı sürdü. Herhangi bir tartışma, gerginlik yaşanmadı.
Avukatların talepleri tutanağa geçti ancak heyet tüm talepleri reddetti.
Avukat beyanları oldukça kısaydı ancak avukat Ülgen’in “Adalet adına yapılmış zulümden daha büyük zulüm yoktur. Müvekkil hakkında hukuksuz yakalama kararının kaldırılmasını talep ediyoruz” ifadesi, tutanağa sadece “Müvekkil hakkında hukuksuz yakalama kararının kaldırılmasını talep ediyoruz” olarak geçti.
Mahkeme başkanının bir sonraki duruşma tarihini açıklamasının ardından, sanık avukatları duruşmanın daha yakın bir tarihte olmasını rica etti. Mahkeme başkanı “ilerleyen günlerde çok sayıda duruşma olduğunu, daha darbe duruşmasının görüleceğini, duruşmanın daha erken bir tarihte görülmesinin mümkün olmadığını” söyledi. Ardından mahkeme salonu bir sonraki duruşma için boşaltıldı.