Court allows Turkish PM to attend Gezi trial
Monday, April 21, 2014
IZMIR - A Turkish court has granted a request by Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan to attend a hearing against 29 suspects being tried for insulting him on Twitter during the Gezi Park protests.
The trial opened on Monday in the city of Izmir in western Turkey following the completion of background checks on the suspects, who had been in detention since June 5 last year.
However, a request by Erdogan to present a statement to the court was rejected after the suspects' lawyers argued it would have no bearing on the case.
Meanwhile, prosecutors called for the suspects to be jailed for three years for "provoking people against law" with their Twitter messages during the unrest in Istanbul.
International journalists and observers from Amnesty International attended the hearing.
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