The trial of journalists Arif Aslan and Selman Keleş on the charge of “membership of a terrorist group,” which was planned to resume on 16 January 2020, was postponed to a later date when one of the defense lawyers submitted to the court a letter of excuse. The trial will resume on 7 May at the 5th High Criminal Court of Van.
The sixth hearing in the trial of journalists Selman Keleş and Arif Aslan on the charge of “membership in a terrorist organization” was held on 5 September 2019 at the Van 5th High Criminal Court.
Aslan and his lawyer Cahit Durmaz were in attendance. Durmaz asked the court to separate the file of Selman Keleş, who is unable to attend the hearings because he currently lives abroad. The panel sais they would consider the lawyer’s request for the two files to be separated and adjourned the trial until 16 January 2020.
Keleş and Aslan were jailed pending trial in Van and released pending trial by the trial court at the end of their first hearing on 21 November 2017 after spending eight months in pre-trial detention.
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Local authorities detained Keleş in March 2017 after he photographed a Van regional municipality building, Dihaber reported at the time. Aslan, a municipality employee, was detained alongside Keleş.
The court had released Keleş and Aslan from pre-trial detention on November 21, the daily Evrensel reported at the time. As of December 7, authorities had not taken them back into custody. Their trial is due to resume on February 22, 2018, according to Evrensel.
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A Turkish court in the eastern Van region on November 21 released Selman Keleş, a photojournalist who was detained in March after photographing a regional municipality building, the daily Evrensel reported.
The court also released Arif Aslan, a municipality employee who was being tried alongside Keleş, according to Evrensel. Their trial is due to resume on February 22, 2018.