An indictment prepared by an İstanbul prosecutor seeks three years sentence for Mümtaz’er Türköne, a political science professor and columnist for now-closed Zaman daily on charges of “threatening Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan” in a column February 2016.
Mümtazer Türköne was arrested in late July 2016 along with 11 more editors and columnists at the Zaman daily due to “being involved” in the last year’s failed coup attempt.
Türköne was detained in Yalova after police officers searched his house and sent to jail by the İstanbul 3rd Penal Court of Peace.
He is accused of being linked the “Fetullahist Terrorist Organization” [FETÖ], which is used by the Turkish government to frame the Gülenists.
Trustees took over the management of Feza Publishing, which includes the Zaman and Today’s Zaman dailies critical of the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government, earlier in March. Selling 600,000 copies per day, Zaman was Turkey’s best-selling daily before trustees were appointed in a government-orchestrated move.