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Jin News reporter Kibriye Evren's trial resumes in Diyarbakır

Jin News reporter Kibriye Evren's trial resumes in Diyarbakır

Court to seek Mersin 2nd High Criminal Court’s approval to merge two cases against Evren; trial adjourned until November

 

METİN YOKSU, DİYARBAKIR

 

The 13th hearing of Jin News reporter Kibriye Evren’s trial on charges of “membership in a terrorist organization” and “terrorism propaganda” was held on 24 June 2021 at the Diyarbakır 5th High Criminal Court.

 

P24 monitored the hearing, where Evren did not attend. She was represented by her lawyers. Three press members also observed the hearing.

 

At the previous hearing of her trial in March, Evren requested that a witness named Gül Tanrıverdi be heard and that the case against her at the Mersin 2nd High Criminal Court be joined with the ongoing trial. Deciding to consider the request between hearings, the court had ruled to inquire of the Diyarbakır Police Department about whether there was an investigation against the witnesses.

 

The presiding judge stated that the court will demand to merge the case filed against Evren at the Mersin 2nd High Criminal Court with the current file. Evren’s lawyers also demanded that the court wait for the submission of the file in Mersin.

 

Ruling to wait for the outcome of its previous interim ruling concerning witnesses and to seek the Mersin 2nd High Criminal Court’s approval to merge both cases against Evren, the court adjourned the trial until 11 November 2021.

 

Evren was jailed pending trial following her arrest on 9 October 2018 as part of an investigation conducted in Diyarbakır. Secret witness statements against Evren and

 

In the 25-page indictment against her, issued in November 2018 and based on secret witness statements, Evren's social media posts and her trips abroad were cited among criminal evidence. After remaining in pre-trial detention for more than a year, Evren was released under a travel ban at the eighth hearing of her case, held on 12 November 2019.

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