Turkish court sentences ex-media boss to 58 months in prison

The court handed Bilgin a 58-month prison sentence and sentenced his son to 36 months.

Turkish court sentences ex-media boss to 58 months in prison

World Bulletin / News Desk

Dinç Bilgin, the former owner of the bankrupt and confiscated Etibank and an influential media boss in Turkey, was sentenced to 58 months in prison on charges of embezzlement due to irregularities in Etibank.

The Etibank case, which tried 27 suspects, was concluded by the İstanbul 8th High Criminal Court. Monday's court hearing was attended by Bilgin; his son Şevket Önay Bilgin, another suspect; as well as by a number of suspects pending trial.

The court handed Bilgin a 58-month prison sentence and sentenced his son to 36 months.

Bilgin is the former owner of the Sabah-ATV Group and Etibank. In its verdict dated July 22, 2005, the İstanbul 8th High Criminal Court sentenced Bilgin to 14 years in prison over charges of embezzlement that led Etibank into the red. In the same verdict, Bilgin's son was sentenced to nine years in prison. The court later decided to acquit the suspects in the Etibank case of charges of “forming an organization to commit a crime, being a member of this organization and abetting members of this organization.” The Supreme Court of Appeals later overturned the lower court's ruling over procedural grounds and asked the court to review the case in line with a new law on banking.

Following the Supreme Court of Appeal's ruling, the Etibank case was retried. The Bilgin family requested a new judge, but their request was denied.

Following this, the İstanbul 8th High Criminal Court separately tried the father and son at the İstanbul 3rd High Criminal Court.

The 7th Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals again overturned the lower court's decision and said the cases of the father and son should be merged and heard by the İstanbul 8th High Criminal Court.

Last Mod: 17 Ocak 2011, 21:56
Add Comment