Çağrı Sarı, the managing editor of leftist daily Evrensel has been given 11 months 20 days prison sentence for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
According to the daily, Sarı found guilty for insulting the president in a column she publish on January 30, 2017.
According to the court the following sentence is an insult to Erdoğan: “97,000 people lost their jobs after July 15 Recep Tayip Erdoğan military coup.”
This is not the first time an Evresel journalist was accused of insulting the Turkish president. In July 2017, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Fatih Polat, said that he is under investigation over insult charges after in one of his articles he included quotes from British journalist Craig Shaw on alleged Erdoğan family corruption.
According to a tweet by Polat, Polat was investigated for a May 28 article in which he reported on a story by Shaw about secret offshore agreements of Erdoğan’s family that were leaked in the Malta files.
In a May 26 story on theblacksea.eu, Shaw claimed the Malta Files had exposed a multi-million dollar oil tanker deal between Erdoğan’s family, Turkish businessman Sıtkı Ayan and an Azeri-Turkish billionaire named Mübariz Mansimov, owner of İstanbul-headquartered shipping conglomerate the Palmali Group with links to Donald Trump.
An investigation into the family enterprise of Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, part of the European Investigative Collaborations’ (EIC) #MaltaFiles, reveals that the family currently sits on shipping and related assets of well over 100 million euros.
According to reports by the theblacksea.eu and mediapart.fr news websites, Yıldırım’s family enterprise consists of 11 foreign-flagged ships nested in a network of secretive companies in Malta, the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles — specifically now Curaçao, with more suspected in the Marshall Islands and Panama.
At least four of the ships are financed with huge loans from Swiss and Turkish banks, including one part-owned by the Turkish state.
While some of the activities, especially in tax havens, remain opaque, The Black Sea website discovered that Yıldırım’s son, daughter, uncle and nephews have purchased seven properties in the Netherlands, worth over $2.5 million – all of which were paid for in cash.
The investigation also uncovered how the Yıldırıms used one of these Dutch companies to anonymously donate 600,000 euros (TL 1.75 million) to the municipality of Pendik, near İstanbul, for a lavish new mosque.