16 January 2019:
Eight academics had their hearings at three separate courts:
At the İstanbul 35th Heavy Penal Court: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Metin Altıok from Mersin University; Prof. Dr. Murat Kızıl, Prof. Dr. Emine Meşe and Research Assistant Hümeyra Yılmaz from Dicle University; and Research Assistant Melek Zorlu from Munzur University had their first hearings.
At the İstanbul 23rd Heavy Penal Court: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Meltem Toksöz from Boğaziçi University had her third hearing.
At the İstanbul 25th Heavy Penal Court: Dr. M.A. from İstanbul Bilgi University had the third hearing.
Academic sentenced to 2 years, 1 month in prison
Having her third hearing, academic M.A. has been sentenced to 2 years and 1 month in prison on charge of "knowingly and willingly aiding a terrorist organization as a non-member" as per the Articles 314/2 and 220/7 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) and Article 5/1 of the Anti-Terror Law (TMK).
Neither the pronouncement of the verdict nor the sentence has been suspended on the ground that "there is no legal possibility."
In all of the trials of academics heard by the İstanbul 25th Heavy Penal Court, the court board referred to the related articles and demanded additional defense from the defendants.
Also, in all opinions as to the accusations announced by the prosecutor of the court, it was demanded that academics be penalized for "propagandizing for a terrorist organization" as per the Article 7/2 of the TMK.
The court board, which has for the first time announced a verdict in the trial of an academic, has given a prison sentence to the academic, from whom it demanded an additional defense. One member of the board expressed dissenting opinion as to the verdict, stating that "the defendant should have been penalized as per the Article 7/2 of the Anti-Terror Law."