An Izmir court sentenced Ümit Zileli, Nagehan Alçı and Rasim Ozan Kütahyalı to 105 days in prison, commuted to fines, for speaking about torture in Diyarbakır prison during the eighties, according to columns Zileli and Alci published about the case. The court found that all three journalists "insulted the memory of" Esat Oktay Yıldıran, a former prison warden, when they spoke about the case on the pro-government Beyaz TV in recent years, according to reports. The reports did not specify how much the fines are.
14 June 2018:
Alçı, Kütahyalı and Zileli given 105-day prison sentence each
A Turkish court sentenced HaberTürk columnist Nagehan Alçı, former Sabah columnist Rasim Ozan Kütahyalı, and Korkusuz columnist Ümit Zileli to 105-day prison sentences each for their commentary on separate television programs. Alçı wrote about the ruling in her June 13 column in HaberTürk.
The remarks for which the 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance of İzmir found the three columnists guilty were about torture in Diyarbakır Prison during the period between 1980 and 1984 under the administration of Esat Oktay Yıldıran, a military officer appointed to the prison by the Sept. 12, 1980, junta.