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The indictment requiring up to 43 years imprisonment to Cumhuriyet writers has accepted

The indictment on the writers and administrators of Cumhuriyet newspaper was accepted by the Istanbul 27th High Criminal Court.

13 authors and administrators of Cumhuriyet newspaper were detained on 31 October 2016 on grounds of ‘being a member of FETÖ/PDY ve PKK/KCK terrorist organizations’ and ‘committing a crime on behalf of the terror organization with not being a member of PKK/KCK or FETÖ/PDY’, 10 people were arrested including chief editor Murat Sabuncu.

Finally, reporter of the newspaper Ahmet Şık was arrested on charges of ‘propaganda of a terrorist organization’.

Court journalist of Cumhuriyet Canan Coşkun shared the news that the indictment on writers and executives was accepted by the Istanbul 27th High Criminal Court on Twitter.

Accordingly, the trials will be held on 24-25-26-27 July.

The indictment demands a penalty of up to 43 years

Former chief editor Can Dündar, current chief editor Murat Sabuncu, editorial advisor Kadri Gürsel, writer Aydin Engin, financial affairs manager Bülent Yener and accounting manager Günseli Özaltay are requested to be sentenced from 7.5 years to 15 years imprisonment separately from ‘committing a crime on behalf of a terror organization with not being a member of it’.

Chief executive chairman of Cumhuriyet Foundation Akın Atalay, chairman of the Cumhuriyet Foundation Orhan Erinç and a member of the board of directors Önder Çelik are requested to be sentenced from 11.5 years to 43 years imprisonment separately from ‘committing a crime on behalf of a terror organization with not being a member of it’ and ‘abusing of trust due to service’.

Board members Bülent Utku, Musa Kart, Hakan Karasinir, Mustafa Kemal Güngör and Hikmet Çetinkaya are requested to be sentenced from 9.5 years to 29 years imprisonment separately from ‘committing a crime on behalf of a terror organization with not being a member of it’ and ‘abusing of trust due to service’.

Reporter of Cumhuriyet Ahmet Şık is also requested to be sentenced from 7.5 years to 15 years imprisonment from ‘committing a crime on behalf of the terror organization with not being a member of PKK and DHKP/C’.

Osman BILGIN

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