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Lawyer demands former CHP leader, prosecutor testify in OdaTV probe


A lawyer for the defendants in the trial of reporters for OdaTV, an online news portal accused of being the media arm of the Ergenekon organization which prosecutors say attempted to overthrow the government, has requested that the court summon former Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal and former Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor Sabih Kanadoglu to testify in the trial.

Lawyer Huseyin Ersoz also demanded that the court hear testimony from 14 others, including Ergenekon trial suspects Mehmet Haberal, Dogu Perincek and Dursun Cicek. The lawyer representing OdaTV defendants Soner Yalcin, Baris Terkoglu and Baris Pehlivan submitted a seven-page petition to the Istanbul 16th High Criminal Court detailing the defense request to hear more witnesses. He said the CHP's former leader Baykal and the others on his list were mentioned in documents seized from OdaTV during the investigation and asserted that Baykal should testify in court.

Other individuals the lawyer said should testify as witnesses include Sabri Uzun, a former department head of the intelligence unit of the National Police Department and the Sozcu daily's editor-in-chief, Metin Yilmaz, and the newspaper's legal representative, Burak Akbay, as well as former Istanbul Bar Association President Turgut Kazan.

Prosecutors say OdaTV owners and employees are members of Ergenekon. A number of documents seized from the news portal include various strategies to manipulate the media and the public to get support for a campaign against the Ergenekon investigations. The OdaTV investigation was first launched in 2011.