Judge will wait for criminal cases to be over in compensation lawsuit against Ünker and Erinç

6 September 2018

Second case hearing of Cumhuriyet newspaper finance editor and reporter Pelin Ünker and Cumhuriyet Foundation Board Chairman Orhan Erinç was held at Anadolu 24. Court of First Instance. Judge decided to wait until the case files regarding the same news stories in İstanbul Courthouse become finalized.

Pelin Ünker is facing slander charges against former Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and his sons in this case file. Ünker and her lawyer Abbas Yalçın were present in the courtroom whereas Orhan Erinç did not attend the hearing.

Defense lawyer Abbas Yalçın requested the merger of the case file with other case files regarding the same news stories, which are being tried at İstanbul Courthouse. Judge stated they will notify the authorized courts about their request through National Judiciary. Informatics System (UYAP), and then have the court make a decision. Judge ruled to wait until other case files are over to announce a date and time for a new hearing, if the parties request to have one.