The two academics who signed the peace declaration have been acquitted of charges after a retrial following the Constitutional Court’s “violation of rights” decision.
After the Constitutional Court’s decision for the retrial of the Academics for Peace, the hearing of Prof. Şebnem Korur-Fincancı and Prof. Gençay Gürsoy was held at İstanbul Courthouse 37th Heavy Penal Court.
The court ruled for the acquittal for Korur Fincancı and Gürsoy.
The two academics and their attorney, Meriç Eyüboğlu, were present at the courtroom, as well as other academics, who attended the hearing as spectators. The court limited the number of spectators because of coronavirus.
Gürsoy: A belated right decision
Prof. Gürsoy’s hearing was the first to be held. The presiding judge read out the court of appeal verdict for a retrial in line with the Constitutional Court ruling.
Asked about his words on the verdict, he said, “The court of appeal verdict is the belated right decision. I agree and demand that the decision be followed.”
Attorney Eyüboğlu said, “Verdicts of reversal have been given over the files but only your court opened a hearing. It has been one year since the Constitutional court verdict was given and the right to a fair trial has been violated by impeding the file for a year. We wish today to be the end.”
The prosecutor demanded the acquittal of the academics in line with the Constitutional Court decision.
Asked for his last words before the ruling, Gürsoy said he, a 50-year lecturer, was sad because of the persecution of him and all other academics who are in the same situation.
Announcing its decision after a break, the court ruled for the acquittal of him, taking into account the Constitutional Court ruling.
Korur Fincancı: We are the only country where demanding peace is a crime
After the presiding judge read out the court of appeal verdict, Korur-Fincancı said, “It is a trial process that should have never been started, so, I think it is an appropriate decision. We are the only country where demanding peace is criminalized.”
Attorney Eyüboğlu and the prosecutor repeated their words in Gürsoy’s hearings. The court acquitted Korur-Fincancı.