The trial of 20 executives and journalists from Turkish daily ‘Cumhuriyet’, including the newspaper’s editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu, reporter Ahmet Şık, columnist Kadri Gürsel and cartoonist Musa Kart, resumes today at Istanbul’s Çağlayan courthouse.
At the last hearing on September 11, the court, ruled that the defendants, Sabuncu, Şık, Gürsel, Akın Atalay, Ahmet Kemal Aydoğdu, and Yusuf Emre İper, remain in custody until more evidence was presented.
All defendants in the case, which has been been the subject of criticism by domestic and international media freedom groups, are being tried on terror charges.
The decision regarding Gürsel was taken with a majority vote by the judges, while the ruling for the other five arrested journalists was taken unanimously. One of the judges had said that Gürsel should be released.
“The court has decided to keep them arrested until more witnesses are heard,” chief judge Abdurrahman Orkun Dağ had said after a 13-hour session at the court near Istanbul’s Silivri Prison.
At the September 11 hearing, the accused, once again, rejected the charges, which include “being a member of terror organization” and of having links to the network of US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, widely believed to have masterminded the failed July 2016 coup attempt.