Turkish court accepts Gezi indictment charging suspects with leading criminal organization

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Istanbul's 33rd Criminal Court of First Instance has accepted an indictment over last summer's Gezi protests, in which 26 suspects were charged with leading or being a member of a criminal organization, as well as violations on the law on rallies Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Ali Cerkezoglu, Mucella Yapıcı, Beyza Metin, Ender İmrek and Haluk Agabeyoglu, all prominent members of the Taksim Solidarity Platform, which led last year's calls to prevent the destruction of Taksim Gezi Park and its replacement with a mall, were accused of being the leaders of a criminal organization.

Prosecutor Mesut Erdinc Bayhan had demanded the five each be sentenced to between 7.5 and 29 years in prison. Charges for 31 others, including Chamber of Architects chair Eyup Muhcu and Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions (DİSK) General Secretary Arzu Cerkezoglu, were dismissed.

The first hearing is scheduled for June 12.

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