The third hearing of the trial in which journalist Zübeyde Sarı, whom MLSA represents in court, faces “openly inciting the public to hatred and hostility” charge was held in the Bakırköy 24th Criminal Court of First Instance. The evidence cited in the indictment are 11 social media posts, which were gathered by the police via “virtual patrol”, a method which the Constitutional Court found to be unconstitutional. The posts cited as evidence include posts which contain phrases like “the Dersim Genocide” and “Kobani.”Journalist Sarı who did not attend today’s hearing was represented by lawyer Emine Özhasar.At today’s hearing, it has been observed that a new prosecutor has been assigned to the case file because the previous prosecutor has gone on annual leave. The prosecutor requested that the case file be sent to him so that he can prepare his final opinion as to the accusations.Taking the floor, lawyer Özhasar requested that the case file be completed.Announcing his decision without a deliberation break, the judge’s decided to send the case file to the prosecutor’s office so that the final opinion as to the accusations be prepared. The trial is adjourned until December 1st.*This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. The work may be used and redistributed for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution to the Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA).
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