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Twelfth hearing of KCK Press trial against 46 media workers held

Twelfth hearing of KCK Press trial against 46 media workers held

Trial marked by expulsion of a defense lawyer from the courtroom  

 

The 12th hearing of the trial against 46 journalists and media workers as part of the series of criminal cases in connection with the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) investigation, also called the “KCK Press Trial”, was held at the Istanbul Courthouse on 19 January. Only two of the journalists on trial, Hüseyin Deniz and Çağdaş Ulus, attended the hearing that was marked by the expulsion of a defense lawyer by the head judge.

 

Lawyer Gülizar Tuncer opposed the judges’ decision to request all the legal files on all the journalists on trial. Tuncer argued that requested files were already accessible in the judicial informatics system (UYAP), including the documentation of previous investigations and prosecutions against those journalists. Tuncer said this new request would amount to an attempt to create a perception of guilt and was unlawful. She was eventually expelled by the presiding judge after she protested that her defense arguments were interrupted and the right of defense was obstructed. The hearing was monitored by the European Union Delegation to Turkey. The trial was postponed until 27 April.

 

The KCK Press Trial is among the longest running press trials in Turkey. The first hearing was held on 10 September 2012, when 36 journalists were still in pre-trial detention. All journalists have been released since. They face between 7,5 and 25 years in prison on "terror" charges.

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