Journalist Nazlı Ilıcak's 'espionage' case adjourned until 9 Oct

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Elif Akgül, İstanbul - Case hearing of imprisoned journalist Nazlı Ilıcak, in which Ilıcak is charged with 'espionage through revealing secret documents of the state' was held at İstanbul 26. High Criminal Court.

Prosecutor submitted his final opinion and requested Ilıcak to be sentenced to life prison based on Article 330/1 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK).

Ilıcak joined the hearing via the judicial conferencing system, SEGBİS from Bakırköy Prison where she has been imprisoned since July 2016. Ilıcak stated that her column in question which was published in Bugün newspaper, dates back to 3 January 2015. She added: "I received the documents on 29 December through an open Twitter account. I published them on 3 January, and did not speak a word of it before then."

'I commented on something that everyone had already known'

Ilıcak said that she received the documents from an open source therefore the secrecy of them had been lifted: "I am being tried because I made a comment on something that everyone had already known."

Ilıcak's lawyers also stated that documents sent from the Police Department lacked plausibility. They remarked that the case was opened within the scope of Press Law, which requires the case to be opened within 4 months after the column was published. Lawyers requested the case to be dropped based on the duration of time that has past.

Prosecutor submitted his final opinion and requested Ilıcak to be sentenced to life prison based on Article 330/1 of the TCK and the continuation of her detention until her sentence is finalised.

Court granted Ilıcak and her lawyers extra time for the preparation of her defence statement and adjourned the hearing until 9 October.