Police arrested Mahir Kanaat, an employee of the left-wing Birgün daily, and five other journalists in dawn raids of their homes on December 25, 2016 as part of an investigation into publication of leaked e-mails of Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s energy minister and the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Kanaat and two others, former Diken news website editor Tunca Öğreten and DİHA news agency Diyarbakır news editor Ömer Çelik, were jailed pending trial by a court on January 17, 2017, 24 days after they were first arrested. The other three journalists were released pending trial on judicial control.
The indictment charges Kanaat with “membership in a terrorist organization” and “preventing an information system, disrupting it, obscuring or destroying data.”
The prosecution claims that versions of investigation documents regarding the 17-25 December 2013 corruption probe into the government that were formed before the date of the operation, which the prosecution says is proof that he was member of the FETÖ/PDY armed organization and that he performed several duties for this group.
The indictment into the six journalists can be read here (in Turkish).
The first trial of the six journalists will be heard by the 29th High Criminal Court on Oct. 24. Kanaat is currently being held at Silivri Prison.