Mehmet Güneş

TekirdağTürkiye GerçeğimagazinecolumnistsocialistDecember 6 2011October 5 2012Güneş, a publisher and columnist for the socialist political monthly Türkiye Gerçeği (Turkey Truth), was being held at Tekirdağ F Type Prison on charges of being a member of Devrimci Karargah, or Revolutionary Headquarters, which the government designates as a terrorist organization. Güneş faced 15 years in prison upon conviction, according to a report from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The indictment, which said police had conducted surveillance of Güneş and had tapped his phone, cited the journalist’s interactions with defendants facing similar charges as evidence of a crime. Authorities also alleged that a publication named Devrimci Dönüşüm (Revolutionary Transformation), which was seen as close to the Devrimci Karargah, shared a mailing address with Güneş’ office. Authorities said they seized documents about Devrimci Karargah from Güneş’ office. The documents included articles about Devrimci Karargah, along with information on lawsuits and police operations against the organization, the indictment said. Among the documents were articles written by Orhan Yılmazkaya, the Devrimci Karargah leader killed in a police operation in central Istanbul in 2009. Güneş was abused in Tekirdağ Prison, defense lawyer Ercan Kanar told reporters, citing an episode in which the defendant was stripped and beaten. Police also seized a computer and documents belonging to Güneş’ wife, lawyer Gülizar Tuncer. She said the seized documents concerned unrelated cases she had been handling as a lawyer.being a member of Revolutionary Headquartersbeing a member of Revolutionary Headquarters