No audience to be allowed in courthouse during Ergenekon verdict hearing

No audience will be allowed to attend the Ergenekon trial hearing on Aug. 5, during which the court is expected to announce its verdict, Istanbul Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu has said.

The governor told a press conference today that a planned demonstration in front of the the Silivri Courthouse will be deemed illegal, urging citizens to ignore calls to attend the event.

Mutlu said only deputies, lawyers, suspects and members of the press would be allowed to follow the hearing inside the courtroom, adding that those who wish to gather outside the courthouse will be prevented from doing so.

The measures will be taken as a precaution against possible attempts aiming to cause distress at the site, the governor said.

Aug. 5 is the beginning of the verdict hearing for the Ergenekon case, one of Turkey’s most significant legal battles of the past few years. The case, focusing on an alleged coup plot, has seen hundreds of suspects detained and tried on accusations of attempting to overthrow the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.

In total, 576 hearings were held over four years and two months, more than 39,000 pages of court documents were recorded and nearly 7,100 interim judgments were given by the court board before the round of final testimonies started.



ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News

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