The new Turkey 4 more academics convicted of “propaganda” for signing peace petition
on 22 November 2018 wrote:
Four more academics charged with “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization” for signing 2016’s Academics for Peace petition were convicted this week.
The 36th High Criminal Court of Istanbul on 22 November convicted academics Güven Gürkan Öztan and Gülhan Türkay from Istanbul University and Mehmet Rıza Türkay from Marmara University of the “propaganda” charge as per Article 7/2 of Turkey’s anti-terror law (TMK) and gave each academic 15-month prison terms. The court deferred the sentences imposed on Öztan and Rıza Türkay while Gülhan Türkay’s sentence was suspended for two years, during which time she will be subject to probation.
Earlier in the week, on 20 November, the 28th High Criminal Court of Istanbul convicted academic Ç.A. of the same charge at the end of the second hearing of that trial. The 15-month prison sentence given to Ç.A. was deferred.