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Deferred Prison Sentence of 1 Year, 3 Months for 4 Academics

17-Mar-2019 13:04

17 January 2019:

Tansu Pişkin

Four academics have been sentenced to 1 year, 3 months in prison on charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The court board of the İstanbul 36th Heavy Penal court has ruled that the announcement of all verdicts shall be suspended.

Trial of academics, who have been charged with "propagandizing for a terrorist organization" for having signed the declaration entitled "We will not be a party to this crime" prepared by the Academics for Peace, continued in İstanbul Çağlayan Courthouse yesterday (January 16).

At the İstanbul 36th Heavy Penal Court, Dr. Lecturer Efe Arık and Lecturer U.Ş. from Arel University and Dr. Lecturer Reyda Ergün from Kadir Has University had their fifth hearings; Prof. Dr. Taner Gören from İstanbul University had his sixth hearing.

The court board ruled that all four 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 all verdicts has been deferred. The court board deferred the announcement of the verdicts on the ground that "defendants have no criminal record" and "considering their personalities, the court has the conviction that they will not commit crimes in the future."

The court board consisted of Presiding Judge Hakan Özer; Members Merve Akyüz, Sümeyye Nur Özparlak; Prosecutor Hasan Adalı.

Source: https://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/204532-