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Defendants: Abdurrahman Gök

Media Outlet and Position: Mezopotamya Agency – Correspondent

Accusations:  Membership of a terrorist organization; Spreading propaganda consecutively for a terrorist organization via the press

Possible sentence: from 9 years 4 months 15 days up to 28 years 1 month 15 days

Court: Diyarbakır 5. High Criminal Court

Case Background:

Abdurrahman Gök, a correspondent for Mezopotamya News Agency, faces prosecution on the charges of “membership of a terrorist organization” and  “spreading terrorist propaganda via the press” over news reports.

Gök was briefly detained on October 9, 2018 as part of the investigation on Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) supports Kurdish community’s autonomy. He was released on October 12, 2018 after 3 days in police custody with judicial control.

The indictment was completed after two years and submitted to the court on September 24, 2020. The prosecutor requests a sentence for Gök up to 28 years in prison for allegedly being an active member of press branch of KCK.

The first hearing will take place on February 23, 2021.