Osman Kavala remains behind bars as one of Turkey's most high-profile political prisoners, while President Erdoğan appointed the prosecutor who prepared Kavala's indictment to the post of Deputy Justice Minister. The appointment came within seven days of the indictment's preparation, and removed the prior appointee by presidential decree.
Turkish prosecutors are seeking an aggravated life sentence and an additional 20 years in prison for Osman Kavala in a second indictment filed against the renowned philanrophist. The indictment includes claims that Kavala organized the 2013 Gezi Park protests -- allegations of which he was cleared back in February.
Turkish prosecutors seek up to 9 years in jail for woman battered by police over ‘improper mask use’
Istanbul prosecutors have demanded up to nine years in jail for Rana Batı who was on Aug. 19 battered and detained by two police officers for objecting to be fined over improper mask use. The indictment prepared by the prosecutors justified the police officers' physical violence upon Batı saying that this intervention took place “within the limits of the right to use force.” The prosecutors thereby dropped the charges against the two police officers in question.
İYİ Party deputy Hasan Subaşı has submitted a draft bill to parliament suggesting defining a time limit within which prosecutors must file their indictments against the accused. Subaşı has said that many people facing charges in Turkey are kept behind bars for several years pending their trials, with prosecutors taking a considerable amount of time to file the indictments at the courts.
Turkey's Constitutional Court on Sept. 29 postponed its decision to review Osman Kavala's appeal with regards to his ongoing arrest, citing the impending indictment against the philanthropist. Just a couple of hours after the Constitutional Court's statement, Istanbul prosecutors submitted the new indictment against Kavala to the relevant court, concerning “espionage” charges.
Prosecutors have referred to the pro-Kurdish HDP as a “supposed party” in a fresh indictment prepared against a group of local HDP politicians in Gaziantep. “Many of the KCK activities are run from within this supposed party,” the indictment said, referring to the Kurdistan Communities Union which is outlawed in Turkey. The HDP said that the gov't was “instrumentalizing” the judiciary to lynch the party.
Istanbul prosecutors are seeking up to four years in jail for veteran actors Metin Akpınar and Müjdat Gezen on charges of "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over 2018 comments during a television program. The investigation against the actors was launched on the same day that Erdoğan targeted them during a public speech, saying: "We cannot leave this business without giving a response, they will pay the price."
Turkey's Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) appointed the country's first female public prosecutor with a headscarf. Tuba Ersöz was formerly a prosecutor in the western province of Aydın. While new chief public prosecutors were appointed to the southeastern province of Gaziantep, western Manisa and southern Adana, no changes were made in the said post in Istanbul and the capital Ankara.
Turkish prosecutors changed the nature of charges against former CHP politician Banu Özdemir so that the court could remand her in custody. Özdemir faces charges for sharing the story of "Bella Ciao" played out of speakers from the mosques in Izmir last week.
Turkish prosecutors have said they have not found any reason to start an investigation into Diyanet head Ali Erbaş over his comment that "homosexuality causes disease." The prosecutors' decision came as Amnesty International called on the Turkish gov't to take urgent action to counter the increasing number of discriminatory statements and policies by state officials against LGBTI people.
Istanbul prosecutors have charged four pilots, an airline company executive and two flight attendants for their alleged roles in former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan to Turkey and from there to Beirut.
Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office has launched an investigation into the fourth ordinary congress of the Kurdish-issue focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) over the display of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan's pictures in a slideshow. "Detention warrants were issued for 15 people who were determined to have prepared the slideshow in question," the office said, adding that 14 people were detained.