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Sentence has been passed in trial of 28 media workers 18 of whom are arrested including journalist Murat Aksoy and musician Atilla Taş charged with “being a member of an illegal organization” and “attempting coup”. The defendants are accused of being affiliated with "Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ)" media organization.
İstanbul 25th Heavy Penal Court ordered acquittal of all defendants over charge of “coup attempt”.
Taş and Aksoy received sentence over “aid”
The court separated files of Bülent Ceyhan and Said Sefa whose warrants weren’t executed. The court sentenced Atilla Taş to 3 years 1 month and 15 days in prison on charge of “Knowingly and willingly aiding an illegal organization as a non-member”. The court rejected prosecutor’s demand for arrest of Taş. International travel ban imposed on Taş continues.
The court sentenced Murat Aksoy to 2 years and 1 month in prison on charge of “Knowingly and willingly aiding an illegal organization as a non-member”. The court rejected prosecutor’s demand for arrest of Aksoy. International travel ban imposed on Aksoy continues.
Defendant Muhterem Tanık was acquitted of all charges.
Jail term for “membership”
The court sentenced defendants Ahmet Memiş, Ali Akkuş, Muhammet Sait Kuloğlu, Multlu Çölgeçen, Seyid Kılıç, Ünal Tanık, Erkan Acar, Oğuz Usluer, Davut Aydın, Ufuk Şanlı, Yetkin Yıldız, Cuma Ulus to 7 years and 6 months in prison on charge of “being a member of an illegal organization.
Cihan Acar, Bünyamin Köseli, İbrahim Balta, Bayram Kaya, Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, Habip Güler, Hanım Büşra Erdal, Yakup Çetin, Hüseyin Aydın, Abdullah Kılıç ve Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu were sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison by the same charge.
Ali Akkuş, who was pending trial without arrest, was arrested.
The names of those tried in alphabetical order is as follows:
Abdullah Kılıç, Ahmet Memiş, Ali Akkuş, Atilla Taş, Bayram Kaya, Bülent Ceyhan, Bünyemin Köseli, Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, Cihan Acar, Cuma Ulus, Davut Aydın, Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu, Habip Güler, Halil İbrahim Balta, Hanım Büşra Erdal, Hüseyin Aydın, Muhammet Sait Kuloğlu, Muhterem Tanık, Murat Aksoy, Mustafa Erkan Acar, Mutlu Çölgeçen, Oğuz Usluer, Said Sefa, Seyid Kılıç, Ufuk Şanlı, Ünal Tanık, Yakup Çetin, Yetkin Yıldız.
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