Court accepts indictment seeking up to 7.5 years for lawyer Eli for terrorism propaganda

An Istanbul court has accepted an indictment seeking a prison sentence of up to seven-and-a-half years for Diyarbakir Bar Association President Tahir Elandci on charges of disseminating terrorist propaganda.
The BakirkandOy 2nd High Criminal Court on Friday accepted the indictment prepared by BakirkandOy Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor idris Kurt. Elandci was detained late last month for his remarks on a televised discussion program, during which he said the Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK) was not a terrorist organization. He was released a day later pending trial. However, the lawyer was placed under judicial supervision and banned from going abroad after being referred to court for arrest on charges of spreading terrorist propaganda.
The indictment, prepared by the BakirkandOy Public Prosecutorand’s Office and accepted by the BakirkandOy 2nd High Criminal Court, seeks a prison sentence of between one-and-a-half years to seven-and-a-half years.
Elandci appeared on Ahmet Hakanand’s and”Neutral Zoneand” program on CNN Tandurk on Oct. 14. While debating the topic of the PKK, Elandci stated: and”The PKK is not a terrorist organization. Rather, it is an armed political organization which has large local support.and” His statements received strong criticism from both the debaters and viewers of the show.
An investigation was launched into Elandci after his statements, and the BakirkandOy Chief Public Prosecutorand’s Office last Monday asked the BakirkandOy 2nd Penal Court of Peace to issue a detention warrant for Elandci. The court complied with the request and issued the warrant. The PKK is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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