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The prosecutor requested acquittal for journalists Eylem Sonbahar and Sema Karakurt

Antalya – The 12th hearing of the trial where 15 people including journalists Eylem Sonbahar and Sema Karakurt whom MLSA represents in court face “defying the Law no. 2911 on Assemblies and Demonstrations” charge was held at Antalya 7th Criminal Court of First Instance on January 11, 2022. In his opinion, the prosecutor requested that the defendants be acquitted, arguing that the elements of the alleged crime have not been established. The court’s adjourned the trial until February 15, 2022, so that the defendants can provide their statements on the opinion.

The 12th hearing of the trial where 15 people who were detained during the G20 protests on November 15, 2015, in Antalya including journalists Eylem Sonbahar and Sema Karakurt face “defying the Law no. 2911 on Assemblies and Demonstrations” charge was held today at Antalya 7th Criminal Court of First Instance.

The prosecution was the first to take the floor at the hearing. The prosecutor requested that the files of two defendants against whom arrest warrants were issued be separated on the grounds that the warrants are yet to be executed. The court, in line with the prosecution’s request, ruled to separate the case files of two defendants.

The prosecutor took the floor once again and stated that he is ready to present his opinion to the court. In his opinion, the prosecutor requested that the defendants be acquitted, arguing that the elements of the alleged crime have not been established.

The court adjourned the trial so that the defendants who did not attend today’s hearing can provide their statements on the opinion.