28 February 2019:
At the İstanbul 37th Heavy Penal Court; Prof. Dr. Saliha Paker and PhD student Ömer Faruk Yekdeş from Boğaziçi University, Prof. Dr. Mesut Yeğen from Şehir University, Prof. Dr. Murat Cemal Yalçıntan and Assoc. Prof. Besime Şen from Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts had their second hearings; Prof. Dr. S.S. from Boğaziçi University had the third hearing.
Having his second hearing, Prof. Dr. Mesut Yeğen presented his statement of defense. During his defense, the court board asked the academic about an interview that he gave to Agos newspaper on December 30, 2015 and ruled that the interview shall be added to his case file.
Giving its ruling for academics Besime Şen and S.S., the court board also ruled that the academics 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 pronouncement of both verdicts has been deferred.*
The court board consisted of Presiding Judge Akın Gürlek; members Ferhat Gülbağça, Ferhat Şahin; Prosecutor Alaattin Çolak.
* As per the Article 231 of the Law on Criminal Courts (CMK), when a court rules that the announcement of a verdict shall be suspended, the verdict/sentence is removed in the event that the person does not commit an intentional crime in five years.