The trial against german journalist and author mesale tolu on terror charges in turkey has been postponed again. It is now to be built on 14. July continue.
Tolu had expected before today’s hearing that the prosecutor would present his plea and propose a sentence. This is what the public prosecutor has now announced for the coming date.
Tolu and her husband, suat corlu, who is also on trial and lives in germany, did not travel to istanbul for the trial. "We no longer see any value in it. The proceedings are constantly postponed anyway," tolu had said before the hearing. This is a "game" that the court is playing with the defendants. Again, the grunen deputy margit stumpp was in the hall to watch the match. Representatives of the german consulate general and reporter ohne grenzen germany were also present.
In the summer of 2018, mesale tolu was allowed to leave turkey after months in custody and a ban on leaving the country. The public prosecutor’s office accuses her, her husband and a group of other defendants of membership in the extreme left-wing marxist-leninist communist party MLCP. The is considered a terrorist organization in turkey. For this, the court could impose a sentence of up to 20 years.
The arrest of numerous german citizens had led to a serious crisis between berlin and ankara in 2017. In addition to tolu, the most prominent detainees were "welt" reporter deniz yucel and human rights activist peter steudtner. They have all been allowed to leave the country. But the process continues.