An Istanbul court sentenced main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy and a former journalist Enis Berberoğlu to 25 years in prison over a report on National Intelligence Organization (MİT) trucks, on June 14.
A report in Cumhuriyet newspaper claimed in May 2015 that MIT trucks were stopped by gendarmerie southern Turkey in early 2014 while carrying weapons and ammunition to Syria.
When the story first broke out in 2015, it produced a political storm in Turkey about the role of Turkish spy agency in arming of the rebel factions in Syria and prompted an investigation into Berberoglu along with Cumhuriyet editors.
The court sentenced Berberoğlu to 25 years in jail for revealing “information that was supposed to stay secret,” as he was accused of leaking footage of the MIT trucks in question to the Cumhuriyet editors.
The court in charge ruled to arrest Berberoglu immediately after the hearing on Wednesday.