An indictment which has been prepared against now-closed Zaman daily reporter Yakup Çetin seeks two life sentence on terror charges, several Turkish media outlets reported.
Çetin was arrested Augus 2016 on the accusations of “establishing a terrorist group” and “plotting to topple the government” based solely on 13 Tweet messages and one article. The 31-year old journalist has been in pre-trial detention for 448 days.
Zaman was Turkey’s one of the best selling newspapers before it was seized by the Turkish government in April 2016. Following the seizure, the pro-government administraion laid off tens of journalists majority of whom were later arrested after a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
The government survived the military coup attempt that killed some 240 people and wounded a thousand others, and accused the Gülen group of masterminding the putsch. Zaman was established by the people affiliated with the group.
The group denies any involvement.