The Gezi Park case has been adjourned until Monday.
Businessman Osman Kavala, the only suspect in the case, attended the hearing held at the 13th High Criminal Court in Istanbul via the Audio and Video Information System (SEGBİS).
The pending defendants, including Ali Hakan Altınay, Can Atalay, Tayfun Kahraman and Ayşe Mücella Yapıcı, were also present.
Osman Kavala’s wife Ayşe Buğra, CHP group vice-president Özgür Özel, CHP deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu, representatives of foreign consulates and many journalists attended the hearing.
“I’M WAITING FOR A BIG CALL”
Ali Hakan Altınay, who presented the first defense against the prosecutor’s opinion, said that the prosecutor’s office claimed that he was the chairman of the advisory board and the board of directors of Open Society, and that he was on the board of directors of Anadolu Kültür. , but he wasn’t into either, “I’m not just asking for my acquittal, I’m expecting a grand apology.” said.
THEY MAKE A COMMON DEFENSE
Defendants Ayşe Mücella Yapıcı, Can Atalay and Tayfun Kahraman presented a joint defence.
In the common defense, “the Gezi resistance is the most democratic, creative, egalitarian and inclusive peaceful mass movement in the history of this country. Gezi is the name of the peaceful and just response to deadly police violence that resonates in every city. Although the prosecution desperately and repeatedly claims, it’s not a count inside or out. There is no leader, no education, no superior organization, no financier, there cannot be. This allegation goes against all events and limits of logic. The only power that can bring millions of people to the streets for weeks on end can only be the will of the people. Charges based on imaginary scenarios, terrorism, coups, outside forces “Basic charges like US gambling and coercive justice, the impartiality of which has already become controversial. The disproportionate use of the force was the provocation itself. Gezi was the place where social peace was most visible and palpable in this country. The opinion on this indictment and on the merits should not change the historical reality. it is not appropriate, it doesn’t contain justice, it’s not based on science, it doesn’t meet the demands of being human. It doesn’t care,” he said.
ATALAY: THIS IS NOT A JUDGMENT
Can Atalay, one of the defendants, said, “This is not trial activity. It is not a personal matter for me to know you and the judges of your commission, but as someone who is tried under heavy sentences, I must say that this is a political activity.
Defendant Çiğdem Mater, meanwhile, said she was a filmmaker and said, “These opinions and indictments will not change the perception of the 2013 protests in social memory. Gezi stands there. The prosecutor’s office reads intent through a meeting that I did not attend, but not only that, but also commits crimes.”
DELAYED TO MONDAY
The verdict was expected at the 6th hearing of the case, which was held today. However, announcing its decision, the court adjourned the case to Monday, April 25. The case will continue with the defense of the lawyers.
THE PROSECUTOR PRESENTED HIS OPINION ON THE PRINCIPLES
In the notice presented at the provisional hearing, the trial prosecutor requested aggravated life imprisonment against the defendants Osman Kavala and Ayşe Mücella Yapıcı for the crime of “attempting to abolish the government of the Republic of Turkey by force and violence or or completely prevent him from exercising his functions”.
The other defendants Çiğdem Mater Utku, Ali Hakan Altınay, Mine Özerden, Şerafettin Can Atalay, Tayfun Kahraman and Yiğit Ali Ekmekçi were charged with 15 to 20 years each for “helping to attempt to overthrow the government of the Republic of Turkey using force and violence”. sentenced to imprisonment.
It has been requested that the file regarding the arrested suspects Ayşe Pınar Alabora, Henry Jack Barkey, Can Dündar, Gökçe Yılmaz, Handan Meltem Arıkan, Hanzade Hikmet Germiyanoğlu, Memet Ali Alabora, Yiğit Aksakoğlu and İnanç Ekmekçi be separated.
The trial in which 16 defendants, including businessman Osman Kavala, journalist Can Dündar, Ayşe Mücella Yapıcı and actress Memet Ali Alabora, regarding the Gezi Park protests were tried for the crime of “attempting to overthrow the government of the Republic of Turkey”, was concluded on February 18, 2020. It was decided to acquit 9 defendants, including Osman Kavala, and to separate the files of the fugitives.
The prosecutor’s office appealed the local court’s decision. On January 22, 2021, the 3rd Criminal Chamber of the Istanbul Regional Court of Justice overturned the acquittal of 9 defendants, including Osman Kavalı. Subsequently, during the hearing on April 28, 2021, the 30th High Criminal Court decided that the cases of the arrested defendants Can Dündar, Memet Ali Alabora, Ayşe Pınar Alabora, Gökçe Tüylüoğlu, Handan Meltem Arıkan, Hanzade Hikmet Germiyanoğlu and İnanç Ekmekçi are attached. with the main box.
On the other hand, Osman Kavala and former CIA adviser Henri Barkey, who is the subject of an arrest warrant, have been accused of having “violated the Constitution” and “of having provided information confidential information for political or military espionage” regarding the July 15 FETO coup attempt. The case in which they were tried in the High Criminal Court has also been merged with the main Gezi Park case.
THE BAZAAR CASE ALSO FAILED
The acquittal verdict handed down by Istanbul 13th High Court for “attempted coup” and “unauthorized demonstration” against 35 defendants, including members of the Çarşı partisan group from Beşiktaş, regarding the events in Gezi Park was overturned by the Supreme Court.
In the annulment decision, it was decided that the case be combined with the main Gezi Park case, which includes Osman Kavala, before the 30th High Criminal Court of Istanbul, on the grounds that it has legal links and de facto. At the February 21, 2022 hearing of the case, which continued before the 13th High Criminal Court, it was decided to separate the Çarşı case with 35 defendants.