Ağrı – The fifth hearing of the trial where Aziz Oruç whom MLSA represents in court, faces “membership in a terrorist organization” and “making propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organization” charges is held today.
Journalist Aziz Oruç and his lawyers who were excused by the court did not attend today’s hearing at Ağrı 2nd High Criminal Court. The trial is adjourned until December 8, at 09.15 am.
Aziz Oruç was first deported to Iran by Armenia, where he planned to pass through to Europe on the grounds that his passport was fake. Oruç was later dropped off at the Iran-Turkey border by Iranian law enforcement who maltreated the journalist. Oruç was taken into custody on December 11, 2019, along with Muhammet İkram Müftüoğlu and HDP Doğubayazıt District Co-Chair Abdullah Ekelek who drove to the border to help Oruç who was about to freeze and had to walk through a minefield. In a press release on December 11, 2019, the Ministry of Interior declared Oruç “a terrorist”. Oruç was then arrested on December 18 and was sent to Patnos Type L Closed Prison in Ağrı. Oruç was remanded for 11 months and was released by the court at the third hearing pending a trial.