24 December 2019:
The “KCK Istanbul main trial,” in which 205 activists and politicians are standing trial on various terrorism-related charges, resumed on 24 December 2019 at the 3rd High Criminal Court of Istanbul. This was the 39th hearing in the case.
Zarakolu’s lawyer Şenur Bayboğa addressed the court in connection with a request submitted by the Presidency of the Financial Crimes Investigation Board (MASAK) under the Ministry of Finance, seeking the confiscation of Zarakolu’s property. The lawyer objected to the request, saying that earlier in the trial, the court had granted Zarakolu exemption from attending hearings. She added that the court was informed about Zarakolu’s permanent address in Sweden for his statement to be taken abroad. The lawyer also noted that the government of Sweden rejected Turkey’s request for Zarakolu’s extradition.
Issuing its interim decisions at the end of the hearing, the court ruled to wait for the execution of the arrest warrants against the defendants who have yet to give their statements to the court. The court rejected the request for Zarakolu’s statement to be taken abroad and ruled to wait for the execution of the arrest warrant against him. The court also ruled to “partially accept” a request dated 23 December 2019, in which the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office sought the “confiscation of Zarakolu’s property in Turkey in order to ensure that he attends the upcoming hearings.”
The court set 14 May 2020 as the date for the next hearing.