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Journalist Hatice Şahin’s trial on "terror" charge adjourned until January

Journalist Hatice Şahin’s trial on

Şahin is accused based on statements by secret witnesses, phone calls she made with her colleagues and her sources and her flights between Diyarbakır and Istanbul

 

BİRCAN DEĞİRMENCİ, DİYARBAKIR

 

The sixth hearing of the trial against journalist Hatice Şahin, a reporter for Yeni Yaşam newspaper, on the charge of “membership in a terrorist organization” was held at the Diyarbakır 9th High Criminal Court on 11 October 2021.

 

Şahin was among 145 individuals, including journalists, taken into custody in October 2018 in Diyarbakır as part of an investigation against the Democratic Society Congress (DTK). She was subsequently released pending trial. The journalist is accused based on statements by secret witnesses, the phone calls she made with her colleagues and her sources, and the tickets for her flights between Diyarbakır and Istanbul. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

 

P24 was in the courthouse to monitor the hearing but the court did not allow spectators in the courtroom. Şahin, who did not attend the session, was represented by her lawyer Resul Temur.

 

The presiding judge told those in attendance that the court has still not received a response from the Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office concerning the statement of Derya Aslan, one of three defendants who are on trial in a separate case based on secret witness statements.

 

The prosecutor asked the court to wait for the submission of the missing statement.

 

Şahin’s lawyer requested that the court lift the judicial control measures imposed on his client. The court rejected the request.

 

At the end of the hearing, which only lasted for about three minutes, the court issued an interim ruling, deciding to wait for the submission of a copy of Derya Aslan’s statement. The court set 26 January 2022 as the date for the next hearing.

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