Çağlar Özbilgin, editor of Sendika.Org, has been taken into custody due to another investigation about him just after his hearing about the case with a claim of ‘insult to president’. Özbilgin, held in custody for 4 hours, was released after he gave statement to prosecutor.
Özbilgin was sued over his article on Halkin Sesi newspaper, in which he used a term ‘dictator’ and it was considered as an ‘insult to Erdoğan’.
In his hearing, Özbilgin said that the word ‘dictator’ shouldn’t be accepted as an insult, while it means ‘one person with all power’ in dictionary and political sciences. He noted that because of this reason, it wouldn’t be accepted as an insult and he asked for his acquittance.
Hearing postponed to July 11 for last defense.
However, Özbilgin has been taken into custody just after this hearing because of another investigation aboout him with a claim of ‘provocating public to spite and hostility’.
The reason of this was his another article, in which he criticized government’s war policies. Özbilgin, held in custody for 4 hours, was released after he gave statement to prosecutor.