World Bulletin/News Desk
Ninety-two people who were standing trial for causing courtroom disorder during the 149th session of the Ergenekon coup attempt trial have been sentenced to one year and eight months in prison.
The court suspended the public announcement of the conviction, which means that the suspects will not be imprisoned unless they repeat the same offense over the next five years. After that period, they will have clean criminal records, but will be handed twice the current sentence if they repeat the offence.
The 149th session in the Ergenekon trial was heard on June 8, 2010 inside a courtroom that was set up in the Silivri Prison complex. The suspects, some of whom were lawyers, and members of the courtroom audience were protesting the arrest of lawyer Mehmet Cengiz, one of the defense attorneys of an Ergenekon suspect who is a member of the Workers' Party (İP). A majority of the protesters were also İP members. About 200 people inside the courtroom chanted slogans and attempted to move into the area of the courtroom where the defendants were sequestered. They were thrown out of the courtroom by security officials. Later, 109 of them, identified in camera footage, were charged with disrupting courtroom order.
Ninety-two of the 109 charged were given one year and eight months on charges of “disrupting courtroom order” and “resisting the officers on duty.”Last Mod: 28 Eylül 2013, 00:04