Case Background:Kibriye Evren, a reporter of Jinha, was arrested on October 11, 2018 on the charges of
The indictment cited Evren’s trips abroad, social media posts and her presence at the Kurdish women groups such as Free Women’s Congress (Kongreya Jinên Azad) as evidence. Anonymous witness statements were also included in the indictment.
Evren’s tweets such as “Jinha cannot be silenced” and a re-post of the tweet posted by prominent journalist Hasan Cemal about a bombing in Turkey, which said, “Bombs exploded, many young people died,” were among those which were cited as criminal evidence. Evren is also being accused of being involved with the outlawed group Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) and representing KCK via the press.
Jinha was the first Women News Agency in Turkey which was shut down by decree during the State of Emergency that was lifted in July 2018.
12 November 2019:
JinNews reporter Kibirye Evren appeared before the 5th High Criminal Court of Diyarbakır on 12 November 2019 for the eighth hearing of her trial on charges of “membership in a terrorist organization” and “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist organization.”
In its interim ruling at the end of the hearing, the court ruled to release Evren pending trial under an international travel ban taking into consideration the time she spent in pre-trial detention. Evren was jailed pending trial in October 2018. She was freed late at night on the same day from the Diyarbakır Type D Prison, where she had been locked up for more than a year.
The prosecutor objected to Evren’s release, requesting an arrest warrant to be issued for her re-arrest. The objection is to be evaluated and decided upon by the Diyarbakır 6th High Criminal Court, the next court of first instance authorized with reviewing decisions by the trial court.
The seventh hearing in the trial of jailed journalist Kibriye Evren on the charges of “membership in a terrorist group” and “terrorism propaganda” took place on 24 September 2019 at the 5th High Criminal Court of Diyarbakır.
Issuing an interim decision at the end of the hearing, the court ruled to once again inquire of the Şanlıurfa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office about a 2016 investigation file against Evren on the allegation of “terrorist group membership” and also inquire of the Mersin Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office about another investigation against Evren from 2018. Ordering the continuation of Evren’s detention on remand, the court adjourned the trial until 12 November 2019.
A report about the hearing, monitored by P24, can be accessed here.
Jailed journalist Kibriye Evren, a reporter for the female news collective JinNews, appeared before a Diyarbakır court on 18 July 2019 for the sixth hearing of her trial on the charges of “membership in a terrorist group” and “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist group.” P24 monitored the hearing, where Evren and her lawyers Resul Tamur and Pirozhan Karali were in attendance.
The prosecution had submitted their final opinion of the case during the previous hearing, requesting the court to convict the journalist of both charges. During the latest hearing, the prosecution requested the completion of the case file and the continuation of Evren’s pre-trial detention.
Addressing the 5th High Criminal Court of Diyarbakır for her defense statement, Evren said she has been jailed for the past 10 months based on statements by two secret witnesses and on her social media posts. Rejecting the accusations, Evren asked to be acquitted.
Evren’s lawyers also told the court that they were of the opinion that their client would eventually be acquitted of both charges and requested the court to release her pending trial. In its interim decision, the court ruled to inquire of the Şanlıurfa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office about a 2016 investigation file against Evren on the allegation of “terrorist group membership.” The court ruled to keep Evren behind bars and adjourned the trial until 24 September 2019.
10 January 2019:
Her lawyers requested that Evren be acquitted of the charges and released. The prosecution requested the continuation of her detention. In its interim ruling, the court ordered the continuation of Evren’s detention and ruled not to hear the anonymous witness “Cesur Yürek” on the grounds that they could not be reached and adjourned the case.
6 December 2018:
Also on 6 December, jailed reporter Kibriye Evren appeared in the first hearing of her trial on the charges of “membership in a terrorist organization” and “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist organization.”
Evren, a reporter for the women’s news collective Jin News, has been in pre-trial detention since October. She faces up to 22 years in prison if convicted. Evren’s overseas travels and her social media posts are held as evidence against her in the case file.
Making her defense statement during the hearing, Evren told the court that the secret witness testimony against her were false. Evren rejected the accusations and requested for her release pending trial.
The prosecution then requested the continuation of Evren’s detention. In its interim ruling at the end of the hearing, the 5th High Criminal Court of Diyarbakır ordered the continuation of Evren’s pre-trial detention on the grounds of “available evidence” and adjourned the trial until 10 January 2019.
11 October 2018?:
9 October 2018: