26 September 2019:
The third hearing in the trial of food safety expert Bülent Şık on charges of “disclosing restricted information,” “procuring restricted information” and “disclosing confidential information obtained by virtue of duty” was held on 26 September 2019 at Istanbul’s 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance.
Şık was accused over an April 2018 article series in which he wrote about the findings of a Health Ministry-led research about carcinogenic toxins found in agricultural products in Turkey — a study in which he was actively involved until his dismissal from Akdeniz University’s Food Safety and Agricultural Research Center through an emergency decree (KHK) for signing 2016’s Academics for Peace petition.
Issuing its verdict at the end of the third hearing, the court acquitted Şık of “disclosing restricted information” and “procuring restricted information” but convicted him of “disclosing confidential information obtained by virtue of duty” and sentenced him to 1 year and 3 months in prison. The court did not defer the sentence.
A new investigation has been launched into academic Bülent Şık, who is already facing a court case over a series of articles he penned last year for the Cumhuriyet daily.
The allegation is that Şık “disseminated propaganda for a terrorist group” via his social media posts. An article by Şık in which he wrote about nitrates in food was added to the investigation file.
The Chief Public Prosecutor’s Offices of Antalya and Istanbul and the police are jointly working on the investigation file, reports said.
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