Özgür Gündem main trial held in Istanbul
Human Rights Association co-chair Eren Keskin, who is tried in the main trial of Özgür Gündem newspaper, said that she would not make any further statement as she did not believe that there would be an objective trial.
The third hearing in the main trial of Özgür Gündem newspaper, which was closed down through a governmental decree (KHK), was held in Istanbul on Thursday. Human Rights Association (IHD) co-chair Eren Keskin and journalist İnan Kızılkaya, who are accused of "violating the unity and the integrity of the state", being a "member of a terrorist organization" and spreading "terrorist propaganda" were present as journalists Kemal Sancılı and Zana (Bilir) Kaya did not attend the hearing.
'NO OBJECTIVE TRIAL'
Keskin, who is standing trial for her participation in the chief-editor-on-duty campaign in solidarity with Turkey's most oppressed Özgur Gündem newspaper, stated that the conditions of the charges are not justified in the file. She said she would not make any further statements because she did not believe that there would be an objective trial.
İnan Kızılkaya denied the accusations and demanded acquittal, defending that his activities should be evaluated within the scope of freedom of press and expression.
The defense lawyers said that the application made to the Constitutional Court (AYM) regarding the closure of the newspaper in 2016 is at the decision stage and demanded the court to wait for it.
After the defence, the court decided to evaluate the lawyers' request and allow a member of the court to examine the file and adjourned the hearing to 15 February.