Verdict of Release for Former Daily Cumhuriyet Worker Emre iper

The court has ruled for the release of Emre Iper, the last arrested defendant of the Cumhuriyet case, after the Judicial Reform Package has entered into effect after being published on the Official Gazette.

After the Judicial Reform Package was published on the Official Gazette and has entered into effect, the court has ruled for the release of Emre Iper, the former financial affairs officer of daily Cumhuriyet and the last arrested defendant of the Cumhuriyet case.

Speaking to bianet, Tora Pekin, the lawyer of Emre Iper, has announced that the verdict has been issued and Iper will be relesed this evening.

Application was made yesterday

After Iper was sentenced to 3 years, 1 month, 15 days in prison, the lawyers of Cumhuriyet newspaper appealed against the verdict at the court of appeal and raised a request for release at the Istanbul 27th Heavy Penal Court.

In their appeal, the lawyers referred to the amendment introduced by the Judicial Reform Package to the articles of the Anti-Terror Law pertaining to the offense of "propagandizing for a terrorist organization."

Based on the expression of "opinions that do not overstep the boundaries of giving news or that have the aim of criticism does not constitute a crime", the lawyers requested that the verdict of conviction be overturned.

After the Court of Cassation ruled that the execution of the prison sentences of former daily Cumhuriyet workers Musa Kart, Guray Oz, M. Kemal GungAlr, Hakan Kara and Onder Celik shall be suspended and they shall be released from prison, the journalists were released from Kandira Prison in Izmit on September 12. As the verdict of Iper was upheld, he remained behind bars.

Source: English Bianet