20 September 2019:
Yalınkılıç and Karakaya are on trial alongside 36 others who commented on or shared the news story on Twitter. Among them are journalists Sedef Kabaş and Merdan Yanardağ, as well as economist and columnist Mustafa Sönmez.
The prosecution had named the investigation against Yalınkılıç and Karakaya as “the financial coup attempt investigation.” All 36 defendants in the case face up to five years in prison as per Article 107/2 of Turkey’s Capital Market Law, if convicted.
P24 monitored the first hearing, where 19 of the defendants, including Yalınkılıç, Karakaya, Kabaş, Yanardağ and Sönmez, were in attendance, accompanied by their lawyers. Making their defense statements in response to the indictment, all 19 rejected the accusation and asked to be acquitted.
Issuing an interim ruling at the end of the hearing, the court rejected the immediate acquittal requests on the grounds that the remaining 17 defendants’ statements had yet to be heard. The court set 17 January 2020 as the date for the second hearing.
26 May 2015:
Journalist Kabas tried for critical tweet acquitted of keeping police waiting
Journalist and television presenter Sedef Kabas -- who was detained and later released in December of last year because she posted tweets critical of the government's handling of a major corruption investigation -- has been acquitted in a case where she was charged with keeping police officers waiting in front of her house when they came to conduct a search related to the December case.
Kabas was detained and later released on Dec. 30, 2014, for posting tweets critical of the government's handling of a major corruption investigation. Police officers searched her home and seized her computer in the ?ekmek?y district of Istanbul early on the morning of that day after a prosecutor's complaint.
An indictment prepared by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office against Kabas despite the police officers who carried out the search not filing a complaint against the journalist sought up to five years, four months in prison for her, ostensibly because she had kept police officers waiting when they had arrived to search her home. Kabas faced charges of "making insults" and "preventing officers from doing their duty."
The indictment stated that Kabas said, "You are not objective, you are partial," while addressing the police officers who had come to her house. The indictment also stated that Kabas shut her door in the police officers' faces.
The Istanbul 26th Criminal Court of First Instance ruled to acquit Kabas in the first hearing of the case, saying the acts of resisting police officers and insulting public officers did not take place.
Police officers Ismail Ilker C., Mustafa Metin ?. and Cenk B., who were present in the courtroom on Tuesday, reported what happened on the morning of the detention, saying Kabas asked who they were and closed the door, saying she wanted to speak with her lawyer. After 15 to 20 minutes, Kabas let them in, the officers said, and added that they didn't file a complaint against Kabas. In her defense Kabas denied resisting the police and said after speaking with her lawyer she let the police officers in and helped them to conduct the search.
Speaking to journalists in front of Istanbul Courthouse after the hearing, Kabas said as there was no crime and the police officers didn't file a complaint, the case resulted in an acquittal.
"I just said 'don't forget the chief prosecutor Hadi Salihoglu who closed the case of the Dec. 17 corruption investigation.' It was not a criticism against him. It was a criticism against his decision. We won't forget the ones who stole and carried out graft and we won't allow them to be forgotten," Kabas said.
Kabas faces up to five years in prison for her statements on Twitter on charges of targeting individuals involved in the fight against terrorism. The case launched against her for her critical tweet -- which said not to forget the prosecutor who dismissed the Dec.17 investigation -- seeks up to five years, four months in prison for the journalist. On April 30, the Istanbul 22nd Criminal Court of First Instance cited its lack of jurisdiction to hear her trial and sent the case file to be heard by a high criminal court
2 Turkish journalists detained for posting critical tweets
Journalist and television presenter Sedef Kabas and prominent journalist Mehmet Baransu were detained on Tuesday over critical tweets.
Kabas had criticized prosecutors for dropping a Dec. 17 corruption and bribery investigation that implicated various high-raking state officials, and Baransu had made critical comments on Twitter about an advisor of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.