3 January 2019:
The hearing of one academic was held at the 36th Heavy Penal Court.
Making a statement in response to the opinion as to the accusations previously announced by the Prosecutor's Office, the academic said, "I signed the declaration with humane feelings. I did not sign it with any kind of political thoughts. I received a good education. I do not get instructions from anyone, I make my decisions with my own free will."
Attorney Eren Kaptan also presented the defense as to the accusations and requested that the academic be immediately acquitted.
Announcing its verdict, the court board ruled that the academic shall be sentenced to 1 year and 3 months in prison on charge of "propagandizing for a terrorist organization" as per the Article 7/2 of the Anti-Terror Law (TMK).
The announcement of the verdict has been deferred.
The Court Board consisted of Presiding Judge Hakan Özer; members Onur Engin Deniz, Sümeyye Nur Özparlak; and Prosecutor Hasan Adalı.