Turkish prosecution calls for acquittal of match-fixing defendants

Istanbul, Oct 5 (IANS) The general prosecution in Turkey on Monday requested the acquittal of most of the defendants allegedly involved in match-fixing, including Aziz Yildirim, the chairman of Fenerbahce, the country’s second most successful club.

A ruling was scheduled to be issued next Friday in the case which was initiated in 2012 and challenged in 2014, reports Efe.

The general prosecution is calling for the acquittal of Yildirim and five other defendants from charges of match-fixing and forming an organization with criminal purposes.

The prosecution also requested that two other defendants are penalised with sentences ranging from two and a half years to seven years in prison on charges of threats and the forging of official documents.

In July 2012 Yildirim and others were sentenced to six years and three months in prison, a penalty that was later approved by the country’s Supreme Court.

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