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Soccer Player Deniz Naki’s aquittal decision overturned – in trouble over a social media post

3rd District Court of Justice in Antep, overturned the acquittal decision of the local court for Amedpor’s favorite footballer Deniz Naki. Deniz Seki was accused of “spreading propaganda for a terror organization” for posting a message on a social media platform following a soccer match.

Experienced soccer player shared a message saying ” We honorably overcame the all the vile plots against us. We are thrilled to be a light of hope for our people during such troubled times. As Amedspor, we don’t comply with tyranny. We had faith in freedom in our hearts, and we won. We would like to thank all our politicians, artists, intellectuals and our people who did not leave us alone during this match. We want to dedicate this victory to the killed and injured in our territory during the siege that has been going on for more than 50 days. Her biji azadi! (Long live freedom!)” after his team’s victory against Bursaspor at Ziraat Turkey Cup on a social media account.

The prosecution considered the message to be “propaganda for a terrorist organization.” Diyarbakir 4th Penal Court acquitted Naki of terror charges. A public prosecutor in Diyarbakir objected to Naki’s acquittal and appealed to the Antep District Court of Justice to dismiss the decision. He claimed that his post was praising and encouraging terrorist acts against the state, and was against the law.

The appeal court will reconsider the ruling in the coming days.

 Ela Gonca Izmirli

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