A İstanbul prosecutor has accused four journalists from now-defunct Zaman newspaper of “leading an armed terrorist group,” which could lead to a sentence of up to 22 years, six month, P24 news portal reported.
The Zaman newspaper, which was seized on March 4, 2016 and then closed down by the Turkish government under a state of emergency declared in the aftermath of a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
The same journalists — Zaman night-shift editor İbrahim Karayeğen, editor Mehmet Özdemir and columnists Orhan Kemal Cengiz and İhsan Dağı — were previouly accused by the same prosecutor of membership in a terrorist organization and playing a role in the coup.
In the news indictement, Karayeğen and Özdemir are now charged with “leading an armed terrorist group,” which could lead to a sentence of up to 22 years, six months.
On the other hand, Cengiz and Dağı are accused of “spreading propaganda for a terror organization” and requested a 13-year sentence for both.
A total of 30 columnists and staff members of Zaman, once one of Turkey’s highest circulating newspapers, are now on trial.