Yüksel Genç

Journalist Yüksel Genç was born in Kırıkhan in 1973. She was part of the “1. Peace and Democratic Solution Group” sent from Qandil to Turkey in 1999 upon the request of Abdullah Öcalan. She was arrested on charges of “membership of a terror organization” and remained in prison until 2004.

She became one of the first co-chairs of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) established in 2007.

She was the editor-in-chief of Gündem Newspaper. She became a columnist at Özgür Gündem newspaper, which was closed down on August 16th, 2016 with a Decree Law under the State of Emergency (OHAL). On August 16th, 2016, the newspaper was “temporarily closed” by a court order, and was subsequently closed permanently by a Decree Law issued under the State of Emergency (OHAL), which was declared after the military coup attempt of July 15th, 2016. During the State of Emergency, a number of media outlets were closed with decree laws issued by the government, without the approval of the Turkish parliament.

She was one of 36 journalists and media professionals arrested on December 24th, 2011 within the scope of the trial popularly known as “KCK Press” trial. She was detained in the Bakırköy Women’s Closed Prison for 29 months. She was released on May 12th, 2014. Under this trial, she faces 15 years, 6 months to 22 years in prison on charges of “leading and establishing an armed terrorist organization.” The prosecution has not submitted the opinion as to the accusations although the trial started in September 2012.

After her release, while still on trial, she continued to work as a columnist at various media outlets. Currently she is a columnist at Yeni Yaşam newspaper. She also serves as a Coordinator and Board Member at the Political and Social Research Center (SAMER).

“KCK Press” Trial

49 journalists and media professionals working for “Kurdish media” outlets, namely Dicle News Agency (DİHA), Özgür Gündem Newspaper, Fırat News Agency (ANF) and Roj TV were arrested in the early morning hours on December 20th, 2011, with police raids on their homes or media outlets in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Van, Adana and Diyarbakır.

Özgür Gündem writer Yüksel Genç was among those taken under custody on December 20th, 2011.

The journalists and media professionals thus detained were taken on the next day to the Istanbul Police Department’s Anti-Terror Branch on Vatan Avenue, Istanbul.

The investigation was conducted by Istanbul Public Prosecutor. A “confidentiality / restriction order” was issued regarding the case. As a result, the journalists in custody were initially unable to learn the charges against them.

Seven of the journalists and media professionals taken into custody were released on December 23rd, 2011 following the prosecutor’s inquiry.

However, 42 journalists and media professionals including Yüksel Genç were referred to the court with a request for their arrest.

According to the indictment, Genç, in her statement at the prosecutor’s office, stated “She has been working in Özgür Gündem Newspaper since 2005”, “she has currently no membership in any terror organization”, “she is not a member of the Press Committee”, “she has never participated in the Democratic Enlightenment Union (Yekîtiya Ragihandina Demokratik - YRD) conferences”. Genç also added that “in the past she was a member of PKK and used the code name ‘JİYAN’”, and “she was currently a co-chair of Democratic Society Congress”. She refused secret witness statements about her.

35 journalists and media professionals including Genç were arrested on December 24th, 2011. Genç was taken to Bakırköy Women’s Prison.

The indictment against 44 journalists and media professionals was completed on April 27th, 2012 by Istanbul Public Prosecutor.

In the indictment, it was claimed that the so-called “KCK / PKK Press Committee” and “Democratic Enlightenment Union” (Yekîtiya Ragihandina Demokratik - YRD) guided the editorial policy and news coverage of the “Kurdish media”.

Dicle News Agency (DİHA), Fırat Publishing and Distribution Company, Gün Printing House (which printed the newspapers Azadiya Welat, Denge Welat, Özgür Gündem, Yeni Demokratik Toplum, Yeni Demokratik Yaşam, Yeni Demokratik Ulus and the magazines Özgür Halk, Demokratik Modernite, Yurtsever Gençlik), Fırat News Agency (ANF), Azadiya Welat Newspaper, Özgür Gündem Newspaper and other daily and weekly newspapers in Turkish; as well as various media or news outlets, including Roj TV, Medya TV, and Mezopotamya Radio, were listed among “KCK / PKK’s media outlets” in the indictment.

The indictment added that “KCK / PKK’s Press Committee has been holding regular meetings since 2001 to consolidate the hierarchy within the organization’s media network, and Press Conferences have transformed into YRD Conferences over time”, and that “The Press Committee’s editorial policy focused on establishing the state of Kurdistan”.

Journalistic activities were presented as “terror group’s activities” in the indictment. The indictment made frequent use of allegations and definitions such as “so-called journalism activities”, “news designed to denigrate the state”, “terror group-driven journalism”, “an independent journalist would not have penned such news stories” and “the photographs found in the computer denigrated state officials”.

37 pages of the 800-page indictment were dedicated to explaining the “KCK / PKK structure”; this section featured the arguments of the prosecutor as well as statements by three members of the organization and three secret witnesses who were captured or had surrendered. In addition, Abdullah Öcalan’s talks with his lawyers and the latters’ correspondence with each other were also included.

The next 100 pages offered a history of the “Kurdish media”. There were claims regarding the relationship between the organization and the newspapers, magazines, radios, televisions and web sites going back to the 1970s.

The prosecution claimed that many media outlets, especially DİHA, Fırat News Agency (ANF), Roj TV, were “broadcasting to serve the purposes of KCK / PKK”. The news, images, articles and interviews shared among these media outlets; statements of secret witnesses and suspects; and “KCK Charter’s sections related to the press” were presented to support these claims.

Journalists’ news stories, journalistic activities and coverage for media outlets such as Roj TV and ANF were presented as criminal activities.

In the indictment, 44 journalists and media employees were charged with “membership or leadership of a terrorist organization”.

The 14-page section about Özgür Gündem writer Yüksel Genç started on page 333 of the indictment.

This section included the wiretapping records of Genç’s telephone conversations with Özgür Gündem writers, lawyers and a friend, as well as secret witnesses’ statements. It was emphasized that “Genç came from Qandil to Turkey in 1999,” and was a “DTK co-chair”. It was stated that Genç stayed in Muş E Type Prison on charges of “membership of an armed terrorist organization” and was released in 2004.

As a result of the communication monitoring, the following allegations were listed about Genç:

1 - In 2008, wiretapping record of a phone call with a lawyer from Asrın Law Office.
2- In 2008, wiretapping record of a phone call where Genç asked a friend to pen a column about the “Peace Rally”. About this call, the prosecutor remarked, “she gave instructions for him to write a column that will constitute a news story replete with observations and impressions.”
3- In 2008, a phone call where Genç asked news-related information from a person who had previously been allegedly “involved in illegal demos”.
4- In 2008, a phone call where he informed Özgür Gündem’s lawyer Özcan Kılıç that a newspaper distributor was taken into custody.
5- In 2009, a phone call where Genç talked to a politician who was also a columnist for Özgür Gündem about a protest against the television channel TRT 6.
6- In 2008, a phone call where Genç talked about an upcoming visit by the members of the Democratic Society Party (DTP) to Özgür Gündem newspaper. The prosecutor indicated that Genç said, “I am only involved with the media not the party”.
7- In 2008, wiretapping record of a phone call where Genç talked to a politician who was also a columnist for Özgür Gündem about pressures towards Özgür Gündem. In the indictment, the prosecutor wrote that Genç’s interlocutor said “the newspaper exposed individuals supporting Fethullah Gülen”.

In his evaluation regarding these seven calls, the prosecutor said that Özgür Gündem was a media outlet that reported to “PKK / KCK’s Press Committee’s Turkey executive board”. He also accused Genç of being active in the newspaper, being responsible for the organization of the newspaper, “speaking in an encrypted manner”, “attending terror organization’s meetings” and “collecting news from the masses that support the organization”.

As a result of the search at Genç’s house, handwritten notes and news text written by another journalist were added to the indictment as evidence.

The prosecutor suggested that the handwritten notes on the “peace processes” in Ireland and Spain were “notes related to the terror organization”.

In November 2011, documents obtained from the person named C.K., who was arrested under the trial known popularly as “KCK main trial”, were added as a separate chapter to the section of the indictment about Genç. The prosecutor claimed that as a result of the examination of the documents, it was determined that Genç attended four meetings held at Ülkede Özgür Gündem newspaper in 2005 and 2006. The prosecutor said that Genç was among the “the four managers of this meeting” and that “she was a manager of the Turkey Press Committee”.

The indictment listed the following evidence from “the statements of witnesses with ties to the organization, secret witnesses and suspects”:

1- The suspect B.M claimed that Genç came from Qandil to Turkey in 1999 and turned herself in, but later she rejoined the terror organization and became in charge of the media activities in Turkey, and that she participated in the 5. YRD Conference as the person in charge of the Günlük newspaper.
2- On the 19th and 20th pages of her statement, the secret witness Bahar stated “In the Turkey committee, Nuri Fırat, Tayyip Temel, Mikail Barut, Yüksel Genç held senior roles” and on 75th page, she said “Yüksel Genç was a DTK co-chair, she works at KCK / TM press committee, and is a columnist at Gündem newspaper”.
3- Secret witness Cemile claimed that “Yüksel Genç served as general manager of Fırat Publication and Distribution, before becoming a co-chair of DTK. Most recently she wrote columns for Özgür Gündem” and “I know that she participated in some of the conferences…”
4- Secret witness Batuhan Yıldız claimed that “Yüksel Genç took part in the terror organization’s Press Committee”.
5- Secret witness Haydar identified Genç on a photo and claimed that she participated in all the meetings of Democratic Patriotic Youth (DYG) and KCK, and served as their media officer.
6- Allegedly a member of the terror organization, H. made a list of “My contacts who were active in the terror organization’s media outlets in Turkey while I was a member of the organization” and included Genç in this list.

Meeting minutes found at the home of an individual standing trial at Diyarbakır 6. High Criminal Court for the “KCK main trial” were also included in the section about Genç of the indictment. The prosecutor claimed that this was a meeting of the Press Committee established as per the Article 14 of the KCK Charter, where they discussed recruiting cadres for the organization.

In his legal assessment about Yüksel Genç, the prosecutor stated that Genç “was among the top 4 officers who took part in the Turkey executive board of the Press Committee.”
The prosecutor emphasized that Genç is “a DTK co-chair” and “is also active as a writer for Özgür Gündem”, claiming that all of Genç’s pieces “are in parallel with the line of the terror group”.

In the indictment, the prosecutor claimed that Genç “was the general manager of Fırat Distribution”, “used the code name Jiyan”, “participated in YRD’s 5. Conference as the person in charge of Günlük newspaper”, “held meetings with the press committee in Qandil”, “communicated information to the lower echelons of the organization and explained the organization’s editorial policy to the other members”.

In the indictment, the prosecutor charged Genç with “establishing and leading an armed terror organization” as per Turkish Penal Code 314/1, demanding 10 to 15 years of imprisonment. However, he requested that the prison sentence be extended by half as per Anti-Terror Law Article 5. As such, Genç faces 15 years to 22 years 6 months in prison for “establishing and leading an armed terror organization”. Furthermore, the prosecutor demanded that Genç be deprived of certain rights pursuant to Turkish Penal Code Article 53.

The “KCK Press Trial”, marked by debates on the right to defense in the mother tongue, was held at 15th High Criminal Court with Special Authority (10 episodes consisting of 32 sessions) from September 10th, 2012 to March 3rd, 2014. The hearings started at Çağlayan Courthouse and were moved to the courtroom in the Silivri campus on November 12th, 2012. From March 26th, 2014 to January 11th, 2018, 15 hearings were held at Istanbul 3rd High Criminal Court located in the Çağlayan Courthouse.

Defendants detained in different prisons, including Yüksel Genç, a writer for the shuttered Özgür Gündem newspaper, were brought to Silivri for the hearings planned to last many days. After the trials ended, they were taken back to their prisons by road.

At the beginning of the trial, protests took place within the courtroom upon the rejection of requests for defense in the mother tongue. Afterwards, all journalists detained under the “KCK” investigation and their lawyers started a hunger strike. Defendants continued to respond in Kurdish and Zazaki during ID confirmation.

Frequently debates and protests erupted during the hearings, lawyers’ microphones were turned off, and the courtroom was evacuated upon the orders of the judge. 15. High Criminal Court filed six charges against the audience, lawyers and defendants for allegedly “protesting the court by applause” or “making statements that go beyond the limits of defense to constitute crime”.

It took six hearings to read out loud the 800-page indictment, and the 185-page indictment against two other defendants whose files were merged with the main case. The indictments were read out in turns by two TRT announcers, mainly to an empty hall.

The 7th hearing of the trial was held on November 16th, 2012. Attorney Özcan Kılıç indicated that in the part of the indictment about Yüksel Genç, there was the wiretapping record of a phone call between Genç and himself, her lawyer, and criticized this. He said that Genç came to Turkey in 1999 and was involved in journalism since her release in 2004.

When the reading out of the indictments was completed at the 12th session on April 22nd, 2013, 11 of the 37 prisoners had been released.

In the 12th session on April 22nd, 2013, translators from the Kurdish Institute, which the lawyers had invited for interpretation from Kurdish were also in attendance. DİHA editor Ertuş Bozkurt, one of the detained defendants, read out the 25-page Kurdish defense drafted on behalf of all defendants. Detained defendants presented their individual defenses after this joint defense. The defense of the detained defendants was completed at the 17th hearing on June 18th, 2013. The defendants who were not detained commenced their defenses at the 19th hearing on September 25th, 2013, after the completion of the statements of lawyers of the detained defendants.

The 14th hearing of the trial took place on April 25th, 2013. Yüksel Genç presented her defense in Kurdish, through an interpreter, saying that in 1999, “she came to Turkey as part of a group of guerrillas demanding peace” and so “it was not right for her to stand trial even as the peace process continued.” Genç added that,
“There are currently public talks between PKK and the state. If these talks reach success, the guerillas will become actors in the democratization of Turkey. These guerillas will then be active at BDP, free press outlets, and NGOs in order to contribute to the democratization process, just like me. But, will we be sacrificed if the political atmosphere turns sour?”

Genç stated that indictment dwelled upon issues such as how to or how not to write a news story, edit a piece and pen a column, adding, “Journalists can travel to a mountain or go underground to cover a news story. They have the right to inform the society, without inciting to violence. They can pen news stories against the authority.”
After her defense, the president of the court started to read out the list of evidence presented in the indictment. Genç said that she had objections to some of the evidence, that some of these did not belong to her, and that she would express her objections during the “evidence assessment”.
The 15th hearing of the trial took place on April 26th, 2013. Lawyer Fırat Özdemir presented Genç’s news stories and articles to the court in order to prove that she was a journalist.

Lawyer Özcan Kılıç stated that the indictment “criminalized” Genç’s journalistic and political activities, that Genç carried out all these activities in a transparent and legal manner, advocating peace, and that she had indeed penned books on this subject. He discussed the evidence attached to the indictment and said that these did not point to any crime.

The hearing prosecutor submitted a judicial opinion at the end of this hearing, demanding that a separate lawsuit be filed against Genç and other defendants for using the word “captives” to denote prisoners during their defenses. The panel of judges indeed decided to file such a criminal lawsuit for some of the defendants, and also ordered that the wiretapping records of Genç’s phone calls be sent to the Forensic Medicine Institute for voice analysis.

The 18th hearing of the trial took place on June 19th, 2013. Forensic Medicine Institute’s report confirming that “the voice in the recordings belonged to Genç” was added to the file at this hearing.

The hearings continued with lawyers’ objections concerning the “evidence assessment” and debates over the court’s decision to impose a time limitation on the defenses.

The 30th hearing of the trial took place on January 13th, 2014. At the time, there was a heated public debate about whether the Courts with Special Authority were going to be abolished. Lawyers argued that this debate made controversial the court which conducted the “KCK Press” trial. Due to this reason, lawyers demanded that the proceedings at
Istanbul 15th High Criminal Court be suspended and that the detainees be released. The court rejected this demand.

Courts with Special Authority were indeed abolished with a law that came into force on February 21st, 2014.

The last hearing of the “KCK Press Trial” at İstanbul 15th High Criminal Court with Special Authority was held on March 3rd, 2014. The file was then transferred to the Istanbul 3rd High Criminal Court.

Six detained defendants including Genç were released on May 12th, 2015 as a result of the routine detention examination, by the order of the 3. High Criminal Court. As such, there remained no detained defendant in the trial.

The trial began on July 10th, 2014, at Istanbul 3rd High Criminal Court in Çağlayan Courthouse.

The ban on the traveling abroad of 37 defendants was lifted in the first hearing at Istanbul 3rd High Criminal Court, chaired.

At the 10th hearing, Judge ordered that the journalists’ passports be annulled as per a State of Emergency Decree Law.

The lawyers said that upon the abolition of Courts with Special Authority, the trial had lost its legal grounding. They argued that the continuation of these proceedings at high criminal courts was against the Constitution. The Istanbul 3rd High Criminal Court indeed referred the file to the Constitutional Court on allegations of unconstitutionality. The court waited for a response from the Constitutional Court for two hearings. The Constitutional Court sent no answer to the court for 16 months. The court then decided to continue the trial.

In the subsequent hearings, the lawyers reiterated their demand for waiting for the Constitutional Court’s ruling and the acquittal of all defendants. Lawyers said that most of the law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges involved in the investigation and prosecution of the trial before the trial was transferred to Istanbul 3rd High Criminal Court were now under arrest or on the run after the July 15th military coup attempt. Lawyers demanded that the legal measures taken against these individuals be included in the file. The court accepted this request. However, the court also ruled that all the other investigations and prosecutions concerning the journalists would also be included in the file.

Of the 46 defendants, only İsmet Kayhan, who is on the run, has not presented his defense in court. Even the “evidence assessment” phase has not been completed yet.

Judicial information about the officials involved in the investigation and prosecution phase has yet to be included in the file. İsmet Kayhan has not been arrested.

Although the lawsuit was launched in September 2012, the prosecution still has not submitted its opinion as to the accusations.

The 16th hearing of the trial took place on May 9th, 2019. The prosecution has still not submitted its opinion as to the accusations although trial began in September 2012.

The 17th hearing took place on October 22nd, 2019. The court ordered the merger of another trial against Yüksel Genç held at İstanbul 14. High Criminal Court with this trial. As a result, the court requested Genç to present a defense again. Lawyer Özcan Kılıç stated that Genç would come to Diyarbakır to deliver her defense.

The 18th hearing of the trial was held on February 25th, 2020. Yüksel Genç attended the hearing through the videoconferencing system called SEGBİS. Genç also presented her defense in writ. In her defense Genç reacted to the merger of the trial held at 14th High Criminal Court with this trial.

Genç indicated that in the trial where she was accused of establishing Democratic Society Congress (DTK), technical communication monitoring data were also presented as evidence.
Genç stated that she was actually detained under the “KCK Press Trial” during the time period in question. She said that she served between 2009-2011 at DTK, which was not an illegal structure, and she rejected the accusations. She presented to the court a document showing that Turkish Grand National Assembly’s Constitutional Commission officially asked for an opinion from DTK.

Subsequently her lawyer Özcan Kılıç took the floor and first requested that Yüksel Genç be exempted from the hearings. Kılıç stated that Genç was accused of “membership of DTK”, but indicated that “DTK was not an illegal organization. He asked that the court determine whether DTK was an illegal structure or not.

The 19th hearing of the trial took place on July 2nd. The president of the court stated that the writ sent to the General Secretariat of Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) about the progress in the trial was added to the case file. Accordingly, HSK demanded information from the court for the disciplinary investigation against Bilal Bayraktar, a prosecutor dismissed for alleged “membership of the Fethullahist Terror Organization.” Bayraktar was the prosecutor in charge of indictment and hearings at KCK Press Trial. Journalist Çağdaş Ulus’ lawyer Mehtap Acar Ulus stated that her client was included in the trial via manipulation. She demanded that his file be separated from the collective file and Ulus be acquitted. The court ruled to await the execution of the arrest warrant against İsmet Kayhan, who lives abroad.

The trial was adjourned until December 1st, 2020.

ECHR Proceedings

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rejected the journalists’ application concerning this file in November 2019, pointing to non-exhaustion of domestic remedies -namely, the filing of an individual application with the Constitutional Court. However, at the time the journalists were arrested and had filed an application with ECHR, it was not yet possible to file an individual application with the Constitutional Court in Turkey. Therefore, the requirement of exhausting the individual application to the Constitutional Court before applying to ECHR did not exist yet.

19. Standing - July 2, 2020


Duruşma, gelen evrakların tutanağa geçirilmesiyle başladı.

Mahkeme heyeti başkanı; Hakimler ve Savcılar Kurulu (HSK) Genel Sekreterliği’nden bu yargılamanın geldiği aşama ile ilgili bilginin istendiği yazının dosyaya eklendiğini açıkladı. Buna göre, HSK; “Fethullahçı Terör Örgütü üyesi olduğu” iddiasıyla meslekten çıkarılan savcı Bilal Bayraktar ile ilgili disiplin soruşturması için mahkemeden bilgi istiyordu. Savcı Bayraktar, “KCK Basın” yargılamasının soruşturma ve iddianame savcısıydı.

Gazeteci Çağdaş Ulus’un avukatı Mehtap Acar Ulus, Çağdaş Ulus’un bir manipülasyon yoluyla bu davaya dahil edildiğini söyledi. Çağdaş Ulus hakkındaki dosyanın, bu dosyadan ayrılmasını ve Ulus’un beraatini talep etti.

Hakimler ve Savcılar Kurulu‘nun (HSK) savcı Bilal Bayraktar hakkındaki disiplin soruşturması kapsamında, “KCK Basın” yargılamasıyla ilgili gelişmelerin ve kararın HSK Genel Sekreterliği’ne bildirilmesine yönelik yazı, dosyaya eklendi.

“FETÖ üyesi olduğu” iddiasıyla meslekten çıkartılan savcı Bayraktar, “KCK Basın” dosyasının da soruşturma ve iddianame savcısıydı.

Çağdaş Ulus müdafii avukat Mehtap Acar Ulus, müvekkili hakkında beraat talebiyle yazılı beyan sundu. Ulus’un dosyasının KCK Basın dosyasından ayrılmasını talep etti.

Diğer sanık müdafiileri, bu aşamada bir talepleri olmadığını söyledi.


Mahkeme, Çağdaş Ulus’un dosyasının ayrılması yönündeki talebini reddetti.

HSK’nın iddianame savcısı Bilal Bayraktar hakkında yürüttüğü disiplin soruşturması için, yargılamanın her aşamasının HSK Genel Sekreterliği’ne bildirilmesine karar verildi.

Ayrıca, sanıklardan yurtdışında ikamet eden İsmet Kayhan hakkındaki yakalama kararının yerine getirilmesinin beklenmesine karar verildi.

Yargılamanın, 1 Aralık 2020 tarihinde görülecek 20. duruşma ile devam etmesine karar verildi.


Duruşma Öncesi

Güvenlik görevlisi, bariyerlerin geçilmesine izin verdi. Duruşma öncesi salonun önü boştu. Avukatlar tam duruşma saatinde, salonun önüne geldi.

Avukatlardan birinin beklenmesine karar verildi. Avukatın, o sırada başka bir mahkemede karar beklediği için geciktiği belirtildi.

Duruşma 10 dakika gecikmeli başladı.

Mahkeme Salonu Koşulları

Mahkeme salonunda yaklaşık 25 kişilik oturma alanı vardı. “Koronavirüs” pandemisi karşısında alınan tedbirleri kapsamında, sosyal mesafenin sağlanması için sandalyelere birer aralıkla bantlar çekilmişti.

Duruşmaya Katılım

Duruşmaya, Medya ve Hukuk Çalışmaları Derneği (MLSA) ve Türkiye Gazeteciler Sendikası’ndan gözlemciler katıldı.

Genel Gözlemler

Duruşma 18 dakika sürdü.

Pandemi nedeniyle izleme alanında fiziksel mesafe önlemleri alınmıştı ancak salonda bulunan mahkeme başkanı, iki heyet üyesi, savcı ve katip arasında sadece bir mahkeme heyeti üyesi maskesini takıyordu.

Mahkeme başkanı duruşma boyunca mikrofonunu kullanmadı ve kısık sesle konuştu. Söyledikleri izleyiciler tarafından duyulmadı.

18. Standing - Feb. 25, 2020


Duruşma öngörülen saatten 10 dakika sonra başladı, karar için verilen 5 dakikalık ara dahil, toplam 35 dakika sürdü.

Duruşmaya, Ses ve Görüntülü Bilişim Sistemi (SEGBİS) ile katılması beklenen Yüksel Genç, mahkeme salonunda hazır bulundu. Genç, yaptığı savunmayı ayrıca yazılı olarak da sundu.

Genç savunmasında, hakkında İstanbul 14. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde görülen ve daha sonra “KCK Basın” ile birleştirilen dosyanın iddianamesine tepki gösterdi. Demokratik Toplum Kongresi (DTK) kuruculuğuyla suçlandığı bu dosyadaki deliller arasında hakkındaki teknik takip delillerinin de gösterildiğini, ancak kendisinin o tarihlerde “KCK Basın” davasından tutuklu olduğunu açıkladı.

DTK’da 2009-2011 arası görev yaptığını ve DTK’nın yasadışı bir yapı olmadığını söyledi, suçlamaları reddetti. TBMM Anayasa Komisyonu’nun DTK’dan resmi olarak görüş istediğine dair belgeyi mahkemeye sundu.

Sanıklardan Hüseyin Deniz de salonda hazır bulundu. Deniz bu aşamada söyleyecek bir şeyi olmadığını ifade etti.

Ardından Çağdaş Ulus’un avukatlığını üstlenen eşi sözü aldı. Ulus’la 5 senedir tanıştıklarını, çocuklarının 1 yaşında olduğunu ancak bu davanın halen devam ettiğini söyledi. Ayrıca eşi Ulus’un 2011’de gözaltına alınmadan birkaç ay önce zorunlu askerlik hizmetini yerine getirdiğini anlattı; teröristlikle suçlanmasına tepki gösterdi. Dosyasının ayrılmasını talep etti.

Ardından söz alan diğer tüm sanıklar müdafii Özcan Kılıç, öncelikle Yüksel Genç’in duruşmalardan vareste tutulmasını talep etti. Sanıklardan Ziya Çiçekçi hakkında açılan başka bir dosyanın birleştirilmesini de istedi.

Kılıç, müvekkillerinin DTK üyesi olmakla suçlandığını, ancak DTK’nın yasadığı bir yapı olmadığını anlattı. DTK’nın yasadışı bir örgüt olup olmadığının tespit edilmesini talep etti.

Avukat Kılıç, “KCK Basın’ dosyasının soruşturma aşamasında gözaltına alınan, o dönem AFP (Agence France Presse, Fransız Haber Ajansı) muhabiri Mustafa Özer’in MİT ajanı olduğunun ortaya çıktığını” iddia etti. İlk başta şüpheli listesinde yer alan ancak şu an dosyada bulunmayan Özer’in mahkeme huzurunda dinlenmesini talep etti.

Mahkeme karar için 5 dakika ara verdi.


Mahkeme sanıkların ve müdafilerinin tüm taleplerini reddetti.

İsmet Kayhan hakkındaki yakalama emrinin infazının beklenmesine karar verdi.

Bir sonraki duruşma 2 Temmuz 2020 saat 10.00’da görülecek.


Duruşma Öncesi

Duruşmadan birkaç dakika önce polis barikatı açılarak gazetecilerin salon önüne geçişine izin verildi.

Mahkeme Salonu Koşulları

Mahkeme salonu yaklaşık 30 kişilikti. Mahkeme başkanı mikrofon kullanmadı ve duruşmada konuşulan hiçbir şey izleyici bölümünden duyulmadı.

Duruşmaya Katılım

Duruşmaya sanık müdafii olarak sekiz avukat katıldı. Duruşmayı; Gazetecileri Koruma Komitesi (CPJ), P24 ve Medya ve Hukuk Çalışmaları Derneği (MLSA) temsilcileri takip etti.

Genel Gözlemler

Duruşma öngörülen saatten 10 dakika sonra başladı, karar için verilen 5 dakikalık ara dahil, toplam 35 dakika sürdü.

Duruşma devam ederken, bir sonraki duruşmanın SEGBİS bağlantısı kuruldu ve SEGBİS’le bağlanan kişi kendi duruşmasını bekledi.

Duruşma esnasında mahkeme başkanının sanıklardan Yüksel Genç’e “sen” diyerek hitap etmesine bir avukat itiraz etti. Mahkeme başkanı “Bu sen-siz tartışması yıllardır sürüyor” dedi ve “sen” ifadesinin sıkıntılı bir ifade olmadığını söyleyerek duruşmaya devam etti.

Mahkeme karar için ara verdiğinde salon boşaltıldı. Ancak savcının salonda oturuyordu. 5 dakika sonra salonun kapısı açıldı. Mahkeme başkanının bir sonraki duruşma tarihini söylemesiyle duruşma sona erdi. Mahkeme başkanı erkek, heyetin iki üyesi kadın hakimdi.

17. Standing - Oct. 22, 2019


Bir önceki duruşmada, sanıklardan Yüksel Genç hakkında İstanbul 14. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde görülen dosyanın KCK Basın dosyasıyla birleştirilmesi talebi, İstanbul 3. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi tarafından reddedilmişti.

İki duruşma arasında, İstinaf Mahkemesi; Genç hakkındaki iki dosyanın İstanbul 3. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde birleştirilmesine resen karar verdi.

Yargılamanın 17. duruşması, bu kararın dosyaya eklenmesiyle başladı. Yeni dosya eklendiği için Genç’in tekrar savunma sunması istendi. Avukat Özcan Kılıç, Genç’in savunması için Diyarbakır’da hazır edileceğini ifade etti.

Sanıklardan Ziya Çiçekçi hakkında, “terör örgütü yayınlarını basmak ve yayınlamak” suçlamasıyla İstanbul 15. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde görülen dosyanın İstanbul 3. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde birleştirilmesi için muvafakat (kabul etme) yazısı geldi. Avukat Özcan Kılıç da dosyaların birleştirilmesi talebinde bulundu.

Avukat Mehtap Acar Ulus, FETÖ suçlamasıyla yargılanan ve etkin pişmanlıktan yararlanan bir emniyet müdürünün, müvekkili Çağdaş Ulus’un sahte delillerle tutuklandığına dair ifadelerinin olduğunu belirtti ve bu konudaki delilleri mahkemeye sundu. Müvekkili Ulus’un dosyasının ayrılmasını talep etti.


Mahkeme, sanıklardan Yüksel Genç’in bir sonraki duruşmada savunmasını Ses ve Görüntü Bilişim Sistemi üzerinden (SEGBİS) sunmak üzere Diyarbakır’da bir mahkemede hazır edilmesi için talimat yazılmasına karar verdi.

Çağdaş Ulus’un dosyasının ayrılması yönündeki talebi reddetti. Ziya Çiçekçi’nin dosyasının birleştirilmesi talebini de reddetti.

İsmet Kayhan hakkındaki yakalama kararının infazının beklenmesine de karar veren mahkeme bir sonraki duruşmanın 25 Şubat 2020 saat 10.30’da görüleceğini açıkladı.


Duruşma Öncesi

Duruşma öncesi gazetecilerin bir kısmının barikattan geçip mahkeme salonu önünde beklemesine izin verildi.

Mahkeme salonu önü kalabalıklaştıktan sonra ise barikattan geçişler kapatıldı. İki gazetecinin salon önüne yaklaşkasına duruşma başladığı ana kadar izin verilmedi.

Gazeteciler ve güvenlik görevlileri arasında tartışma yaşandı. Gazetecilerden biri, güvenlik görevlisine “keyfi davrandığını” söyledi. Bunun üzerine güvenlik görevlisi barikatı kapatarak “Sadece senin geçişine izin vermiyorum, keyfi değil mi” dedi.

Duruşmanın başlamasıyla, güvenlik şefi gelerek, gazetecilerin içeri girişini sağladı.

Mahkeme Salonu koşulları

Mahkeme salonu katılımcı sayısına göre genişti. Mahkeme başkanı mikrofon kullanmadı ve duruşmada konuşulan hiçbir şey izleyici bölümünden duyulmadı.

Duruşmaya Katılım

Duruşmaya sanık müdafii olarak altı avukat katıldı. Duruşmayı, P24 ve Medya ve Hukuk Çalışmaları Derneği (MLSA) temsilcileri ve gazeteciler takip etti.

Genel Gözlemler

Duruşma öngörülen saatten 40 dakika sonra başladı, 25 dakika sürdü.

Salona girdikten sonra yaklaşık 10 dakika boyunca mahkeme katibi dosyayla ilgili telefonda konuştu. İzleyici bölümünden sadece “Burası terör mahkemesi değil” cümlesi duyuldu.

Avukatlar, konuşmanın; sanıklardan Yüksel Genç’in İstanbul 14. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde açılan dava dosyasının KCK Basın dosyasıyla birleştirilmesiyle ilgili olduğunu açıkladı.

Duruşma başladığında, avukatlardan biri başka bir adliyede de duruşması olduğu için ayrılacağını ifade etti. Bunun üzerine mahkeme başkanı öfkelendi, birkaç dakikalık bir tartışma yaşandı.

Mahkeme karar için ara verdiğinde salon boşaltıldı. Beş dakika sonra salonun kapısı açıldı. Mahkeme başkanının bir sonraki duruşma tarihini söylemesiyle duruşma sona erdi.

Mahkeme heyeti üyelerinden biri değişmişti. Mahkeme başkanı erkek, heyetin iki üyesi kadın hakimdi.

16. Standing - May 9, 2019


Mahkeme Başkanı, mikrofon kullanmadığı için 10 dakika süren duruşma boyunca katılımcılar çok az şey duyabildi.

Daha sonra duruşma tutanağından edinilen bilgiye göre, İstanbul İl Emniyet Müdürlüğü’nün sanık Dilek Demiral’ın pasaportu üzerindeki şerhin kaldırılması şeklindeki işlemlerin devam ettiği yönünde cevabı dosyaya eklendi.

Ayrıca “KCK Basın” soruşturmasını yürüten emniyet görevlileri hakkında görevi kötüye kullanma suçlamasıyla İstanbul 26. Asliye Ceza Mahkemesinde görülen yargılamanın devam ettiğine dair cevap ve duruşma zaptı örneği de mahkemeye ulaştı. Avukat Özcan Kılıç, Ocak 2019’da görülen bir önceki duruşmada bu davanın akıbetinin öğrenilmesini talep etmişti.

Mahkeme Başkanı, sanıklardan Yüksel Genç hakkında İstanbul 14. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde bir dava açıldığını ve İstanbul 14. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nin kendilerine birleştirme kararı gönderdiğini söyledi. Mahkeme Başkanı, İstanbul 3. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi heyeti olarak birleştirmeye onay vermediklerini söyledi.

Duruşma savcısı, bu duruşmada da esas hakkındaki mütalaasını açıklamadı; eksiklerin giderilmesini mütalaa etti.

Mahkeme ara vermeden, kararını açıkladı.


Sanıklardan Yüksel Genç hakkında İstanbul 14. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde açılan davanın İstanbul 3. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’ndeki dosyayla birleştirilmesini kabul etmeyen mahkeme, dosyayı İstanbul Bölge Adliye Mahkemesi’ne gönderdi.

Bir sonraki duruşmanın 22 Ekim 2019 saat 10.00’a bırakılmasına karar verildi.


Duruşma Öncesi

Avukatlar ve iki muhabirin salona girmesinin ardından salonun kapısı kapandı. Kapı kapandıktan sonra gelen izleyicilerin içeri alınmasına zorluk çıkarıldı.

Duruşmaya katılım

Duruşmaya altı avukat katıldı. Duruşmayı; P24, Medya ve Hukuk Çalışmaları Derneği (MLSA) ve Türkiye Gazeteciler Sendikası’ndan temsilciler ve muhabirler takip etti.

Genel Gözlemler

Mahkeme başkanı mikrofon kullanmadığı için, izleyici alanından sadece, sanıklardan Yüksel Genç’in dosyası ile ilgili konuşmalar ve bir sonraki duruşma tarihi duyulabildi.

Duruşma 10 dakika sürdü.

15. Standing - Jan. 11, 2019


Duruşma saatinde başladı ve 10 dakika sürdü.

Avukat Özcan Kılıç “KCK Basın” soruşturmasını yürüten emniyet görevlileri hakkında “görevi kötüye kullanma” suçlamasıyla İstanbul 26. Asliye Ceza Mahkemesi’nde açılan davanın akıbetinin öğrenilmesini talep etti.


“KCK Basın” soruşturmasını yürüten emniyet görevlileri hakkında “görevi kötüye kullanma” suçlamasıyla İstanbul 26. Asliye Ceza Mahkemesi’nde açılan davanın akıbetinin sorulmasına karar verildi.

Dava, 9 Mayıs 2019 gününe bırakıldı.


Duruşma Öncesi

Duruşma öngörülen saatte başladı. Öncesinde sanık gazeteciler ile duruşmayı takibe gelen gazeteciler sohbet etti. Duruşma öncesi herhangi bir destek açıklaması yapılmadı.

Mahkeme Salonu Koşulları

Mahkeme salonu katılımcı sayısına göre genişti. Mahkeme başkanı mikrofon kullanmadı ve sözleri katılımcılar tarafından duyulmadı.

Duruşmaya Katılım

Duruşmaya iki sanık ve dokuz avukat katıldı. Dört muhabir duruşmayı haber/rapor amacıyla takip etti.

Genel Gözlemler

Duruşma yıllardır sürdüğü, halen esas hakkında mütalaa verilmediği ve davada ilerleme olmadığı için duruşmaya katılım çok düşüktü.

“KCK Press” Trial (Indictment)

“KCK Press” Trial 15. Standing (Minutes of the Hearing)

“KCK Press” Trial 16. Standing (Minutes of the Hearing)

“KCK Press” Trial 17. Standing (Minutes of the Hearing)

“KCK Press” Trial 18. Standing (Minutes of the Hearing)

“KCK Press” Trial 19. Standing (Minutes of the Hearing)

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