Monday, April 4, 2016

Indictment seeks 7.5 years for jailed academician Dr. Meral Camcı

Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office has completed an indictment against Dr. Meral Camcı who was arrested upon her return to Turkey from France on March 31, 2016. The indictment seeks a jail term of 1.5 to 7.5 years for Camcı who is accused of "making propaganda of a terrorist organization". The prosecutor demanded that the file of Camcı be combined with that of the imprisoned academicians Esra Mungan, Kıvanç Ersoy and Muzaffer Kaya. If approved, the indictment will be sent to Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court. Refusing accusations against her, Camcı, in her testimony at the court, had said: "For me, the sole aim of both texts [referring to the petition signed by the Academics for Peace as well as a second statement supporting the petition] was to immediately implement a peace process. As a citizen and an academician I do what i have to do: say my word and stand by it and follow it up; this is not a crime. Criticism is not a crime. I believe I have exercised my right to freedom of expression"