BugE-n reporter Arslan faces 2 years for reports on TahE-iyeciler, Qadi.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- An ystanbul public prosecutor has opened a criminal case against a courthouse reporter from the BugE-n daily for reports he has written, namely those on the al-Qaeda-linked TahE-iyeciler group and Yasin al-Qadi, a Saudi Arabian businessman who was on the US Treasury Department's "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" list.
According to a report published by BugE-n on Tuesday, ystanbul Public Prosecutor Umut Tepe, who wrote the indictment against journalist Metin Arslan, stated that Arslan's reports cannot be deemed to be within the scope of press freedom. According to the indictment, Arslan "overstepped his bounds" by creating a perception that the plaintiff, Qadi, has links to a terrorist organization, humiliating "businessman," and being overcritical about him in his reports.
After a criminal complaint filed by Qadi's lawyer Mustafa Doy-an ynal, an investigation against Arslan was launched on insult and slander charges. The prosecutor seeks a prison sentence for Arslan of up to two years and four months for insulting al-Qadi, as per the Turkish Penal Code (TCK).
The investigation was launched against Arslan for his report in BugE-n titled "TahE-iyeciler lawyer's link with al-Qadi." Arslan's report mainly discussed ynal, Qadi's lawyer, as being the proxy of the TahE-iyeciler group.
BugE-n reported that Tepe was promoted to ystanbul deputy chief prosecutor shortly after the investigation against Arslan was launched.
Turkey learned about the TahE-iyeciler group on Jan. 22, 2010, when police raided the homes and offices of 112 people across Turkey as part of an anti-al-Qaeda operation. The police discovered three hand grenades, one smoke bomb, seven handguns, 18 hunting rifles, electronic parts for explosives, knives and a large cache of ammunition.
The probe also revealed that the terrorist group had sent close to 100 people to Afghanistan for armed training. According to seized footage that was aired on CNN TE-rk at the time, Mehmet Doy-an, the leader of the group, was heard calling for violent jihad. In the footage, he is heard saying that the heads of the Turkish government and of the country's religious authority are foreigners and should be shot dead.
(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN
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