CHP MP Berberoğlu Arrested in MİT Trucks Case, Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

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Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Enis Berberoğlu has been arrested in the suit brought into “MİT Trucks Report” published on Cumhuriyet Newspaper.

The court board firstly imposed life time imprisonment on Berberoğlu, then passed on jail term of 25 years with reduction from life time imprisonment.

Prosecutor Mehmet Yeşilkaya had demanded life time imprisonment for Berberoğlu on charge of “revealing the documents that need to remain confidential” and 10 years in prison on charge of “aiding an illegal organization though not being a member of it”.

The court separated files of Erdem Gül and Can Dündar.

CHP Deputy Group Deputy Chair and İstanbul MP Engin Altay, CHP İstanbul MPs Barış Yarkadaş, Onursal Adıgüzel, Ali Özcan, Zeynel Emre, Gürsel Tekin, İlhan Kesici, Eren Erdem, Sezgin Tanrıkulu, Oğuz Kaan Salıcı, CHP Çanakkale MP Muharrem Erkek, CHP Edirne MP Erdin Bircan, CHP Hatay MP Hilmi Yarayıcı, CHP Kırklareli MP Turabi Kayan and CHP PA Member Kadir Gökmen Öğüt attended came to the courthouse for the hearing.

What happened?

Prosecution started as to the article published with the headline "Here are the weapons Erdoğan claim to not exist" on May 29 over "Procuring information as to state security", "Political and military espionage", "Declaring confidential information", "Propagandizing terror organization".

Chief Public Prosecutor Hadi Salihoğlu had declared the prosecution by press release.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had personally filed a criminal complaint and requested Dündar to be sentenced to one aggravated life imprisonment, one life imprisonment and 42 years in prison for "targeting state interests by using images contrary to facts".

Erdoğan on a live broadcast on public channel TRT had said, "I guess the person who made this special news will heavily pay for it".
Dündar and Gül had been imprisoned as of November 26.

Upon their objection against arrest being rejected, they had made an appeal to the Constitutional Court over "violation of freedom of press and speech and the right to security".

Upon reporter of the Constitutional Court delivering the opinion that "freedom of press and expression, right to personal security have been violated, their imprisonment is unlawful" as to Gül and Dündar's application, Gül and Dündar's file had been referred to the Constitutional Court General Assembly.

CLICK - AYM REPORT: ARREST OF GÜL, DÜNDAR UNLAWFUL

Constitutional Court General Assembly has ruled journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül imprisoned as of November 26 over MİT truck report subjected to violation of right.

CLICK - CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RULES JOURNALIST CAN DÜNDAR, ERDEM GÜL EXPOSED TO VIOLATION OF RIGHT
On February 26, 2016, 14th Heavy Penal Court has ruled release of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül following the "violation of rights" verdict by the Constitutional Court.

CLICK - COURT RULES RELEASE OF CAN DÜNDAR, ERDEM GÜL

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has commentated on the Constitutional Court's ruling to release the journalists Gül and Dündar as "I don't obey the court decision. I don't respect it either".

CLICK - ERDOGAN ON RELEASE OF GÜL AND DÜNDAR: I DON'T OBEY OR RESPECT THE COURT RULING

On March 25, the Court has decided to hold the hearings without audience further on.

On May 3, a prison sentence of 25 years was demanded for Can Dündar and up to 10 years in prison for Erdem Gül.

The case was over on May 16. The journalists were sentenced to 10 years and 10 days in prison for "disclosing confidential information of the state". Acquitted of coup accusations, Gül and Dündar are still on trial on charges of "knowingly and willingly helping an armed organization as a non-member". (EA/TK)