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Judges who suspended conviction by ByLock app, now exiled

The 1st Penal Chamber of the Gaziantep District Court of Justice has taken a highly controversial decision regarding cases involving ”FETÖ” (Fethullah Gülen Terror Organization).

The court stated that no provision could be made for membership of a terrorist organization based on Bylock records without message content, contradicting a verdict made by Adana 11th High Criminal Court.

Following this decision, the Judiciary and Prosecutor’s Board (HSK) reassigned Zafer Yarar, the 3rd Penal Chamber Chief of the Gaziantep District Court of Justice who disrupted the Bylock verdict, to the Kayseri Judicature.

Mustafa Tosun, a member of the same court, was appointed to the Istanbul Anatolian Court of Justice in the same decision. Bayram Korkmaz, who opposed the decision, was appointed the chief judge of the Gaziantep Chamber.

In addition, the HSK’s decision to reassign Mustafa Karadağ, the head of the Union of Judges, from Ankara to Şanlıurfa raised eyebrows.

By Osman Bilgin

Editor Michael Hornsby 

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