Court turns down indictment on Taksim Platform members

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An Istanbul court has turned down an indictment prepared for Taksim Solidarity Platform members by the Istanbul Public Prosecutor's Office Hurriyet Daily News.

Prosecutors had demanded from 7.5 years to 29 years for the members, on charges of founding an organization to commit crime, violating the laws of demonstration, and resisting public officers.

The members, including Chamber of Architects and Engineers' (TMMOB) General Secretary Mucella Yapici and Istanbul Chamber of Doctors General Secretary Ali Cerkezoglu were detained on July 8, 2013 during a demonstration at the opening of Gezi Park, after it was sealed off by police for three weeks.

The indictment stated that Ali Cerkezoglu, Ayse Mucella Yapici, Beyza Metin, Ender İmrek and Haluk Agabeyoglu had damaged public safety in Istanbul by calling on people to come Taksim Square through the media, Facebook and Twitter. The suspects had formed a criminal organization and controlled and planned the unrest through the protests, the indictment also said.

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