On March 25, an Istanbul court ruled that the trial of Dundar and Gul on charges of treason and espionage would be held behind closed doors. The decision was met with protest from a number of lawmakers, including Berberoglu, who refused to leave the courtroom. As a result, the trial was postponed until April 1.
"If this process was carried out exclusively in compliance with the rules of the judicial system, our act could be considered a serious offense, but the case of Dundar and Gul was initially conducted as a political process. Consequently, our behavior should be regarded as an expression of our own political position," Berberoglu stressed.
Dundar and Gul face a maximum life sentence for revealing state secrets. Both deny their guilt and claim the state violated their rights.