Prosecutor Abdullah Mirza Coşkun has demanded the acquittal of Fenerbahçe president Aziz Yıldırım as well as several high-profile suspects including Abdullah Başak, Ahmet Çelebi and İlhan Yüksel Ekşioğlu in the match-fixing trial.
Coşkun wants an aquittal on charges of “founding a terrorist organization” and “match-fixing.” The judge decided to postpone the case until October 9 when a final decision is expected to be made.
The match-fixing case surrounds Fenerbahçe’s 2010-2011 season league title, in which the Yellow Canaries beat Trabzonspor to the championship on goal difference.
Fenerbahçe president Aziz Yıldırım, along with fellow Fenerbahçe officials İlhan Ekşioğlu, Şekip Mosturoğlu, Tamer Yelkovan and Cemil Turan were charged with match fixing and trying to influence the outcome of games.
The match-fixing probe was originally launched by Zekeriya Öz back in 2011 – who was involved in the December 2013 graft investigation targeting key government members. The prosecutor has since been purged as part of the incumbent governments attempts to clamp down on sympathizers of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen.
The suspects were unable to file an appeal until the Specially Authorized Courts, which oversaw the match-fixing trial were abolished in March 2013.
Fenerbahçe missed two years of European football and damage to reputation resulting in significant financial losses which the club will ask compensation for if charges are dropped a source close to the club told Turkish-football.com.
The Yellow Canaries questioned the legitimacy of the trial and released a statement calling for charges to be dropped at the time of the retrial.
The statement read: