6 December 2018:
The third hearing of a trial where lawyer and Evrensel columnist Kamil Tekin Sürek is accused of “insulting the president” was held on 6 December at the Bakırköy 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance in Istanbul. Sürek’s lawyer Devrim Avcı requested a continuance for the defense statement in response to the prosecutor’s final opinion. The court agreed to grant additional time, adjourning the trial until 20 December 2018.
The second hearing in the case where lawyer and Evrensel columnist Kamil Tekin Sürek stands accused of “insulting the president” in a newspaper column was held on 24 October in Istanbul.
Sürek and his lawyer Devrim Avcı, as well as the lawyer representing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended the hearing at the Bakırköy 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance.
Lawyer Avcı told the court that based on the amendments introduced to the Turkish Constitution as part of the recently implemented presidential system, the president of Turkey was not an impartial head of state anymore but the leader of a political party. Adding that for this reason the provisions in Article 299 of the Turkish Penal Code were unconstitutional, Avcı requested that the court take into consideration said amendments while rendering its decision.
The judge issued an interim ruling at the end of the hearing, adjourning the trial until 6 December 2018. The judge also ruled that the court would make a decision regarding Avcı’s previous motion for unconstitutionality at a later date, after reviewing the relevant petition and the case file.
28 June 2018: