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Journalist Nurcan Yalçın’s trial adjourned until September

Journalist Nurcan Yalçın’s trial adjourned until September

Court decides to request information from Diyarbakır Police on whether “Jin News, which the accused is allegedly working with, is affiliated with PKK/KCK terrorist organization”




The fourth hearing of journalist Nurcan Yalçın’s trial on charges of “membership in a terrorist organization” and “terrorism propaganda” was held on 9 June 2021 at the Diyarbakır 9th High Criminal Court.


The trial was launched following an investigation carried out against the Rosa Women's Association in Diyarbakır in 2019. In the indictment, Yalçın's membership of the Rosa Women's Association and a secret witness testimony against her are held as the grounds for the accusations.


P24 monitored the hearing, where Yalçın did not attend. She was represented by her lawyer, Resul Temur. A group of journalists were among spectators.


The prosecutor, who was expected to submit their final opinion during the hearing, requested additional time for the preparation of the final opinion. Yalçın’s lawyer said they would present their defense statement following the submission of the prosecutor’s opinion.


Issuing an interim ruling, the court decided to inquire in writing of the anti-terror branch of the Diyarbakır Police Department on “whether there is any information stating that the Jin News news agency, which the defendant is allegedly working with, is related to the PKK/KCK armed terrorist organization.”


Deciding to send the case file to the prosecutor’s office following the inquiry, the court adjourned the trial until 29 September 2021.