22 January 2020:
Journalist Faruk Arhan’s appeal hearing adjourned until February
The appeal hearing in the trial of Faruk Arhan, who was acquitted of “insulting the president,” was held on 22 January 2020 at the 3rd Criminal Chamber of the Istanbul Regional Court of Justice. During the hearing, the prosecutor requested the appeals application of Erdoğan’s lawyers to be rejected as per 280/2 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CMK.) The hearing was adjourned until 26 February 2020.
Faruk Arhan given deferred sentence
On 9 October, an Istanbul court sentenced journalist Faruk Arhan to a jail term of six months and seven days for “degrading the state of the Turkish Republic, the Turkish nation, and the organs and institutions of the state” in his social media posts.
The journalist was standing trial for his social media posts concerning the curfews and police operations in the southeastern town of Cizre.
The Istanbul 59th Criminal Court of First Instance deferred the sentence by five years, which means Arhan will be under probation for the next five years, at the end of which the sentence will be dismissed in case Arhan is not convicted in another case.