Salih Erbekler, a former employee of the Urfa-based Radio Karacadağ, was released from prison on 10 September after spending 23 months in pretrial detention without an indictment.
Shortly after the local radio station was closed down on 30 September 2016 through an emergency decree, its executive board director Sadık Demir and employees Salih Erbekler and Mizgin Çay were taken into custody. All three were jailed pending trial on the charge of “membership in a terrorist organization.” The songs the radio station played and the programs it aired were held as evidence against the three.
Erbekler was released after a new prosecutor replaced the former investigating prosecutor, who was recently appoinıted to another post. The new prosecutor ordered Erbekler’s release after examining the investigation file, on which a confidentiality order has been in place.
.............Sadık Demir, president of Fırat Press Inc., the company that owns Radio Karacadağ, and two former employees of the station, Mizgin Çay and Salih Erbekler, were arrested on charges of “terrorist propaganda” based on a program aired by the station.