Journalist acquitted in "insult to president" case
The court declared that the comment was "within the acceptable limits of criticism" and was not written by Yarkadas himself. Yarkadas had been facing a prison term of up to five years and four months under article 299 of the Turkish Criminal Code.
The trial was opened based on a complaint filed with the Ministry of Justice by the Presidential Legal Council. The Ministry of Justice then brought the case to the attention of the Bakırköy Public Prosecutor's Office.
Public Prosecutor Bayram Albayrak pleaded for the acquittal of the journalist and Judge Tahsin Dogan complied with his request.
The Ankara deputy for the Republican People's Party (CHP), Nesrin Baytok, brought the case against Yarkadas to the agenda of parliament. Baytok questioned whether the trial would "narrow the limits of freedom for the expression of opinions." She demanded disclosure of statistics relating to the number of similar investigations opened against journalists in Turkey. The Ministry of Justice has not yet replied to her request.