World Bulletin / News Desk
The Youth and Sports Ministry has officially objected to a court's verdict in a trial regarding match-fixing allegations in Turkish football.
Fenerbahçe Chairman Aziz Yıldırım and three other jailed suspects were released early in July after the presiding judge of the Specially Authorized İstanbul 16th High Criminal Court, Mehmet Ekinci, delivered the final verdict in the case that has caused uncertainty in Turkish football for the past year.
The ministry has filed a letter to the court, objecting to the verdict, asserting that the court's decision to acquit 44 of the suspects in the case is against the law. The ministry requested the decision to be reversed.
Previously, Specially Authorized İstanbul Public Prosecutor Ufuk Ermertçan, the Trabzonspor football team and several of the suspects also objected to the court's ruling.
The court stated that Yıldırım has been sentenced to six years, three months for creating and managing a criminal organization and for rigging several football matches. The decision has been forwarded to the Supreme Court of Appeals for review. If the high court upholds the verdict, Yıldırım will be sent back to prison. The court's final verdict also sentenced football agent Olgun Peker to two years, six months for creating an armed criminal organization.
However, while issuing sentences for 48 of the suspects, the court acquitted 44 of the suspects.