26 December 2019:
The 10th hearing of a trial where Haydar Ergül, the editor of the Demokratik Modernite magazine, and 18 other defendants stand accused of “membership in a terrorist group” took place on 26 December 2019 at the 22nd High Criminal Court of Istanbul. Members and administrators from the political parties HDP and DBP are among Ergül’s co-defendants in the case.
P24 monitored the hearing, where Ergül did not attend. Defendants Abdullah Geldi, Eşref Yaşar, Ahmet Sağınç, Şirin Akyol, Ercan Doğru, Mevlüt Aykoç and Münevver İlingi were present in the courtroom.
Ergül’s lawyer Özcan Kılıç presented his client’s medical reports to the court, asking the panel to lift the judicial control measure imposed on Ergül in the form of reporting to a police station in Yalova once a month to give his signature. He and other defense lawyers also asked the court to grant their clients exemption from attending courtroom hearings.
Issuing an interim decision at the end of the hearing, the court ruled to grant the defendants exemption from attending hearings and lifted their obligation to regularly give their signature to the nearest police station. Ordering the continuation of the international travel ban imposed on the defendants, the court adjourned the trial until 14 May 2020.
28 June 2019:
The trial of Haydar Ergül, the editor of the periodical Demokratik Modernite, and 18 others on the charge of “membership in a terrorist group” resumed on 28 June 2019 at the 22nd High Criminal Court of Istanbul. This was the ninth hearing in the case. The court ruled to release detained defendants Eşref Yaşar, Ayşegül Turhan, Mustafa Elma, Münevver İlingi and Aysel Diler and adjourned the trial until 26 December 2019.
5 April 2019: