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Defendants: Yetkin Yıldız

Media Outlet and Position: Aktif Haber news site – Editor-in-Chief

Accusations: Defamation

Possible sentence: –

Court: Bakırköy 31. Criminal Court, İstanbul

Case Background:

Yetkin Yıldız, the former Editor-in-Chief of Aktif Haber, is charged with “defamation” over an article published in the news site in 2015. The file opened after the complaint filed by then-Minister of Interior Efkan Ala.

Yıldız was originally arrested in relation to a separate case, regarding an anonymous Twitter account named “Fuat Avni,” which is known for its tweets and leaks concerning the ruling AKP. Yıldız was previously sentenced to 7 years and 6 months on the charges of “membership of a terrorist organization”.

During a hearing on July 9, 2019, that took place at Bakırköy 31. Criminal Court, Yıldız attended the courtroom through video-conference system SEGBIS. Yıldız rejected all allegations, also requesting a copy of the official proceedings of the hearing.

The court adjourned the next hearing until December 17, 2019.