Court sentences journalist Hatice Şahin to 6 years and 3 months in prison

Journalist Hatice Şahin, who was accused of "membership in a terrorist organization" for following DTK activities, was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison.

The final hearing of the trial of journalist Hatice Şahin, accused of "being a member of a terrorist organization" for following the activities of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) has been held. While Şahin did not attend the hearing at Diyarbakır 9th High Criminal Court, his lawyer Resul Temur was present.

The prosecutor claimed that Şahin had committed the crime of being a member of an illegal organisations and demanded that he be sentenced to prison. The request was made after listening to secret witnesses code named Ezel and Firar and after the prosecution claimed that the journalist was a member of Koma Jinên Azad (KJA), which was closed by decree.

Şahin's lawyer, Resul Temur, said that his client was detained in a file that had nothing to do with her and said that an operation was carried out in his client's workplace where documents seized there were alleged to prove she was working with the DTK.

Temur requested the acquittal of his client.

Announcing its decision after a pretty quick hearing, the court board sentenced Şahin to 6 years and 3 months in prison.