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The second hearing in the Cumhuriyet daily trial in which one Twitter user under arrest and 18 executives, journalists and employees from Cumhuriyet daily 11 of whom are also arrested are standing trial is being held today (July 25) before İstanbul 27th High Criminal Court.
Arrested Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Murat Sabuncu, columnist Kadri Gürsel, caricaturist Musa Kart, Cumhuriyet Foundation Management Board member Attorney Bülent Utku, Cumhuriyet Foundation Management Board member Attorney Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Editor-in-Chief of the Cumhuriyet Book Supplement Turhan Günayi columnist Güray Öz, attorney Akın Atalay, Cumhuriyet correspondent Ahmet Şık and Ahmet Kemal Aydoğdu who is standing trial because of his Tweets as well as Orhan Erinç, Günsei Özaltay, Hikmet Çetinkaya, Aydın Engin and Bülent Yener who are standing trial withhout arrest are in the courtroom.
Kadri Gürsel, Akın Atalay and Musa Kart pleaded on the first day of the hearing yesterday (July 24).
Today's hearing has begun with Murat Sabuncu's plea followed by Bülent Utku, Güray Öz and Mustafa Kemal Güngör
Gürsel Tekin (Republican People's Party - CHP), Mariette Cauchi (International Senior Lawyers Project), Isaebelle Rossaert (PEN Belgium), Regula Venske (PEN Germany), Maria Emilia Arioli (PEN Switzerland), Steven Ellis (International Press Institute - IPI), Henri Koponen (International Press Institute - IPI), Barbara Trionfi (International Press Institute - IPI) Marty Steffens (International Press Institute - IPI), Jorgen Lorentzen (PEN Norway), Nora Wehofsits (European Centre for Press and the Media Freedom - ECPMF), Mogens Blicher Bjerregård (European Federation of Journalists - EFJ), Johann Bihr (Reporters Without Borders - France), Erol Önderoğlu (Reporters Without Borders - Turkey) and European Parliament members Arne Lietz and Rebecca Harms are among the attendees.
Panel of judges
İstanbul 27th Heavy Penal Court Panel of Judges Chair: Abdurrahman Orkun Dağ.
Panel member judges: Mehmet Arslan, Halit içdemir.
Who faces how many years in prison on what charges?
Can Dündar, Mehmet Murat Sabuncu, Kadri Gürsel, Aydın Engin, Bülent Yener and Günseli Özaltay face from 7.5 to 15 years in prison each on charge of "aiding an armed terrorist organization as a non-member".
Akın Atalay, Mehmet Orhan Erinç and Önder Çelik face from 11.5 to 43 years in prison each on charges of "aiding an armed terrorist organization as a non-member" and "misconduct".
Bülent Utku, Musa Kart, Hakan Karasinir, Mustafa Kemal Güngör and Hikmet Aslan Çetinkaya face from 9.5 to 29 years in prison each on charges of "aiding an armed terrorist organization as a non-member" and "misconduct".
Ahmet Şık faces from 7.5 to 15 years in prison each on charge of "aiding the armed terrorist organizations of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) as a non-member".
The names of those standing trial
Arrested: Kadri Gürsel, Akın Atalay, Güray Öz, Musa Kart, Ahmet Kemal Aydoğdu, Bülent Utku, Hakan Karasinir, Murat Sabuncu, Ahmet Şık, Önder Çelik, Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Turhan Günay.
Probation: Aydın Engin, Hikmet Çetinkaya.
Confidentiality order: Bülent Yener, Günseli Özaltay, Orhan Erinç.
Order issued to take forcibly to testify: Can Dündar, İlhan Tanır.
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