Final ruling expected in Nurcan Baysal's case in April

14 February 2019
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Deniz Tekin, Diyarbakır - Journalist and human rights activist Nurcan Baysal, sued for “inciting the public towards hatred and animosity” due to her social media posts criticizing the state’s military operation in Syria’s Afrin, appeared before Diyarbakır 7. Criminal Court of First Instance. Baysal’s hearing was adjourned until 18 April, due to the judge being on leave.

Baysal, who was initially taken into police custody and then released, is facing up to three years imprisonment.

Third hearing of columnist and human rights activist Nurcan Baysal, charged with “inciting the public towards hatred and animosity” due to her anti-war social media posts regarding Turkey’s military operation in Syria’s Afrin, started at Diyarbakır 7. Criminal Court of First Instance. Baysal herself and her lawyer Reyhan Yalçındağ were present in the hearing along with Baysal’s husband Burç Baysal, Raci Bilici from Human Rights Association (İHD), Duygu Türemez from Amnesty Turkey, and several academics. A final ruling was expected in today’s hearing however, due to the judge being on leave, the judge on duty decided Baysal and her lawyer to submit their final defense statements in a hearing where the judge will be present.

Next hearing is in April

The judge decided to write to the Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor’s office, asking about Baysal’s cellphone’s whereabouts, on the request of the defense. Afterward the judge, adjourned the hearing until 18 April for the missing documents to be completed