Turkish court extends detention of newspaper staff

Ozgur Gundem newspaper closed in August on charges of being terrorist PKK's 'media organ'

Turkish court extends detention of newspaper staff

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Istanbul court Wednesday extended the detention of a number of executives and writers of a Turkish newspaper closed down three months ago on charges of having links to the terrorist PKK.

The Ozgur Gundem [Free Agenda] daily newspaper was closed in August on charges of "acting as a media organ of the PKK terrorist organization and making terrorist propaganda”.

Istanbul High Criminal Court No: 23 accepted an indictment prepared by a public prosecutor over nine suspects, including the paper’s chief editor Bilir Kaya, editor Inan Kizilkaya, advisory board member Asli Erdogan and writer Necmiye Alpay. 

Wednesday's indictment called for aggravated life imprisonment and up to 17 years in jail to be handed down to the nine suspects. 

The court ruled -- according to Turkish Criminal Code No. 314/2 -- that four suspects -- Kaya, Kizilkaya, Erdogan and Alpay -- who were arrested following the paper's closure, would continue to be detained pending trial.

They are accused of "being members of a terrorist organization."

The first hearing will be held on Dec. 29.

The PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and EU -- resumed its armed campaign in July last year and has been responsible for the deaths of around 1,100 security force members and civilians since then.

More than 10,000 PKK terrorists have been killed or apprehended in the same period.

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