İstanbul – Trial where former Zaman newspaper columnist Mümtazer Türköne faces “insulting the president” charges for a column he wrote in 2015 is adjourned until September.
Türköne faces this charge due to a column he wrote for Zaman on 27 October 2015, titled “Trustee appointed to Koza-İpek: The Dictator Must Have Gone Crazy.” The indictment that was prepared by the Bakırköy Chief Prosecutor’s Office demands up to 4 years and 8 months imprisonment for Türköne.
Journalist Mümtazer Türköne, who is imprisoned in Silivri Prison due to another case, was not brought to the courtroom and attended the hearing via SEGBİS video conference link. However, due to the technical difficulties, the trial was adjourned until the afternoon.
Türköne’s defense lawyer stated that they cannot attend the hearing in the afternoon, noting that they would be presenting a petition to be excused instead.
The technical difficulties persisted in the afternoon and Türköne could not present his defense statement. The trial is adjourned until September 11th.