Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dicle sentenced to 20 months in prison

28 October 2010

In the case against DEP Ex-Mp Hatip Dicle due to a speech he made, he was sentenced to 1 year and 8 months imprisonment with the allegation of “making organization propaganda”.

The decision hearing of the case, which was opened against DEP Ex-Mp Hatip Dicle due to his words “Three million said Dear Öcalan is my willpower” on 13 August 2009 in a meeting of BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) Bingöl Provincial Organization, has been conducted.

Dicle didn’t join trial in Diyarbakır 4. High Criminal Court, while his lawyer Feride Laçin appeared in the proceedings. At the trial, Laçin stated that the speech of her mandatory is the determination of realities and expression of his thoughts. Laçin said; “We are of the opinion that the expression of my mandatory doesn’t constitute a propaganda crime as it doesn’t contain violence” and demanded Dicle’s acquittal.

Following the defense, the court board sentenced Dicle to 2 years imprisonment for “making organization propaganda”. Considering Dicle’s good conduct, the court mitigated the penalty to 1 year 8 months.