Turkish prosecutors drop terror propaganda investigation against top model

Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday announced a decision not to proceed with a terrorism propaganda investigation into top model Didem Soydan over her social media posts, Evrensel newspaper reported.

Soydan was investigated over her posts on Instagram, in which she expressed solidarity with the Saturday Mothers, a group who have gathered every week since the 1980s to silently protest political assassinations and state-forced disappearances in Turkey.

Turkish police have prevented the group, Turkey’s longest-running peaceful protest, from gathering since Aug. 25, 2018, which marked the 700th week of their vigil.

Soydan in August shared the photo of Emine Ocak, one of the Saturday mothers, holding a photo of her son, Hasan Ocak, who disappeared after being detained in Istanbul in 1995 and was later found dead.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in 2004 fined Turkey 25.000 euros ($25,276) for violating Hasan Ocak’s basic rights.

Turkish pro-government daily Sabah accused Soydan of sharing the photo of a terrorist’s mother, following her post on Instagram. Sabah also reported that prosecutors had launched investigation into Soydan.

Istanbul’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office decided on Wednesday that Soydan’s post on Instagram could not be accepted as terrorism propaganda and dropped the investigation.