Mufti Mete's Lawyer Yannis Barkas: They were found guilty

Western Thrace
Fri, 27 May 2022 7:51 GMT
Lawyer Barkas evaluated the widely discussed case decision to Millet. "One of the defendants was acquitted, the others were found guilty of "simple defamation", Barkas said. The outcome of the lawsuit filed by the Mufti of Xanthi Ahmet Mete and the Imam o...
Mufti Mete's Lawyer Yannis Barkas: They were found guilty

Lawyer Barkas evaluated the widely discussed case decision to Millet. "One of the defendants was acquitted, the others were found guilty of "simple defamation", Barkas said.

The outcome of the lawsuit filed by the Mufti of Xanthi Ahmet Mete and the Imam of Gökçepınar, Erkan Azizoğlu, on the grounds that they slandered them about what happened at the funeral of soldier Ahmet Katunlu in Gökçepınar, has been determined.

The outcome of the case, which was discussed at the Xanthi Courthouse on Tuesday, May 24, was decided and announced on May 25.  The owner of Mahitis Newspaper Panos Papadopoulos, former ANEL party member Hrisi Utsi and former appointed Mufti of Xanthi Mehmet Emin Şinikoğlu were found guilty of "simple defamation".

Ahmet Mete and Imam Azizioğlu's lawyer, Yannis Barkas, in his assessment to Millet about the case decision, said:

"They were found guilty of 'simple defamation

"According to the court's decision, one of the defendants was acquitted of all charges against him. Others were found guilty of "simple defamation."

They were found guilty but not sentenced.

According to the new law numbered 4689/2020, "simple defamation" is considered a crime, but it does not require criminal sanction.

If the law in question had not entered into force in the period from the date the crime was committed to the end of the case, the criminals would also have been punished. That is why they were ultimately found guilty of "simple defamation".

"If we start to think of the truth as national, our homeland will be one: the truth"

As with all other decisions of the Courts, the decision of this Court is respected.
The court, the side of the accusers and witnesses (the father of the deceased child), showed the true extent of the events, told the court what had happened openly and impartially.

In addition, the statements of the plaintiffs and prosecution witnesses are evident from the evidence in the case file, which confirms all the materials submitted to the Court.The testimonies of the witnesses were therefore completely objective.

According to Solomos, “The nation should consider what is right as national.” If we start to think of the truth as national, our homeland will be one: (The Truth-Nikos Dimou)

What happened?

As it will be remembered, Mufti of Xanthi Ahmet Mete and Imam of Gökçepınar, Erkan Azizoğlu, filed a lawsuit against Mahitis Newspaper owner Panos Papadopoulos, former ANEL party member Hrisi Utsi, Nuri Farzlı and former appointed Mufti of Xanthi Mehmet Emin Şinikoğlu.

After the funeral of Soldier Ahmet Katunlu, Mete and Azizoğlu had applied to the court alleging that they had defamed themselves through perjury and slander.

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