6 February 2019:
Research Assistant Sinem Aydınlı from Bahçeşehir University had her third hearing at the İstanbul 37th Heavy Penal Court and Dr. Lecturer Zeki Kanayfrom Dicle University had his first hearing at the 23rd Heavy Penal Court.
Pronouncing its verdict for Aydınlı, the court has 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. The announcement of the verdict has been deferred.
Intervention in defense: "Political statements"
Standing before the judge in her last hearing, academic Sinem Aydınlı presented her statement regarding the opinion as to the accusations which was announced by the Prosecutor's Office in her previous hearing. The academic rejected the charged offense and requested her acquittal.
Presenting his defense as well, attorney Ali Soydan said,
"If our client came here today as a mafia leader, she would be acquitted under the related articles of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the Constitution. However, she is standing before you as an academic and she will be found guilty due to her social and political position. The ECHR and Constitution are not applied to ordinary citizens.
"Judiciary must be independent. We also demand you to be independent."
Being interrupted by Presiding Judge Akın Gürlek for three times before, attorney Ali Soydan was again interrupted by the judge, who said that the attorney "was making political statements."