Case of Mufti Mete and Imam Azizoğlu to be heard tomorrow

Western Thrace
Mon, 23 May 2022 19:50 GMT
The lawsuit filed by the Mufti of Xanthi Mete and Imam Azizoğlu against those who slandered them with false testimony and false news will be heard on 24 May.The lawsuit filed by the Mufti of Xanthi Ahmet Mete and its imam Erkan Azizoğlu against Machitis n...
Case of Mufti Mete and Imam Azizoğlu to be heard tomorrow
The lawsuit filed by the Mufti of Xanthi Mete and Imam Azizoğlu against those who slandered them with false testimony and false news will be heard on 24 May.

The lawsuit filed by the Mufti of Xanthi Ahmet Mete and its imam Erkan Azizoğlu against Machitis newspaper owner Panos Papadopoulos, former ANEL party member Chrisa Outsi, Nuri Farzlı, and former appointed Mufti of Xanthi Mehmet Emin Şinikoğlu was postponed due to the inability of the witnesses to attend. The case, which was supposed to be heard at the Xanthi Three Judges Criminal Court on Tuesday, January 11, was postponed to May 24, 2022.

Mufti Mete was represented by his lawyer Giannis Barkas in the court, which he did not attend due to his illness.

Mufti Mete and village imam Erkan Azizoğlu filed a lawsuit against the aforementioned people for perjury and slander against them at the funeral of young soldier Ahmet Katunlu from Gökçepınar in 2016, and for the fake news made by the Machitis newspaper.

Mete and Azizoğlu were tried on baseless charges

As it will be remembered, a lawsuit was filed against the Mufti of Xanthi Ahmet Mete and the Imam of Gökçepınar, Erkan Azizoğlu, alleging "extortion of office" and "obstructing the appointed mufti's duty" at the funeral of Ahmet Katunlu, who lost his life while doing his military service in 2016, in the village of Gökçepınar.

Mete and Azizoğlu were tried on the charges of perjury, testimony, and unfounded accusations of the defendants in question and were sentenced to 7 months in prison each.

Mufti Mete's 7-month prison sentence from the first-instance court was concluded for 4 months in the court of appeal. It was decided to postpone the execution of Mufti Mete's sentence for 3 years. Gökçepınar village imam, Erkan Azizoğlu, who was tried in the same case, was acquitted of both charges.

"Basic claims will be refuted and the truth will come out"

In his statement to Millet, Attorney Giannis Barkas about the case said: “In the light of the evidence we have, the unfounded allegations about the funeral of the young soldier will be refuted and the truth will be revealed. I believe that justice will be served even after 6 years.”
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