Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 30, 2018
Feza Media Group trial ends, defendants sentenced
An Istanbul court on April 30 convicted 10 people affiliated with the shuttered Feza Media Group, best known as the publisher of the daily Zaman, on terrorism-related charges, CNNTurk and the media news website P24 reported. All of the defendants were acquitted on charges of "attempting to eliminate" the constitutional order, the reports stated.
According to the reports, the sentences are as follows:
- Hakan TaÅdelen, the former manager for Feza's Fia production company, Ahmet Metin SekizkardeÅ, the former manager for Feza's Cihan media company, and Faruk Akkan, Cihan's former general director, were each sentenced to 9 years in prison for "being a member of a [terrorist] organization." All three will remain in p rison and their time served will count toward their sentences.
- Osman Nuri Aslan and YÃ¼ksel Durgut, former Cihan News Agency employees, and Ahmet Ä°rem, a former Cihan News Agency accountant, were sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison each for "being member[s] of a [terrorist] organization." Aslan and Durgut will remain on probation pending appeal. Ä°rem was released from prison on probation pending appeal.
- Murat AvcÄ±oÄlu, a former Fia shareholder, was sentenced to 3 years and 45 days in prison for "aiding a [terrorist] organization willingly and knowingly without being a member" and released on probation pending appeal.
- Cuma Kaya, a former Fia manager, and Alaattin GÃ¼ner and HÃ¼seyin Turan, former Feza Group partners, were sentenced to 5 years in prison each for "aiding a [terrorist] organization willingly and knowingly without being a member," but were released on probation pending appe al.
HÃ¼seyin Belli, Onur Kutlu, Ä°smail KÃ¼Ã§Ã¼k, and Ali HÃ¼seyin Ãelebi, Zaman advertisement department employees, and Zafer Ãzsoy, a Cihan News Agency broadcast technician, were acquitted of all charges, the reports stated.
Turkish authorities jailed Mehmet SÄ±ddÄ±k Damar, a former reporter for the shuttered Dicle News Agency (DÄ°HA), after an appeals court upheld his conviction on charges of "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization," and his six-month prison sentence, the online news website Gazete KarÄ±nca reported on May 1.
According to Gazete KarÄ±nca, Istanbul police detained Damar on May 1 and sent him to the city's Metris Prison.
The journalist was previously imprisoned in August 2017 and released after his first trial hearing, CPJ documented.Source: Google News Turkey | Netizen 24 Turkey