There is no legal reasoning in order to freeze the bank accounts pronounced the chief judge.
The court also stated that Roj TV broadcastings are within the legal framework and it has no connections with terrorism. It is also underlined in the decision that Roj TV is a channel run with the donations from the viewers.
Although the public prosecutor requested the court to continue the freezing on the accounts the lawyers of Roj TV challenged the request on account of the fact that the channel will not be able to continue its broadcasting under these circumstances which will amount a de facto ban. The Court upheld the objection from Roj TV. It is reported that the reasoning for the decision will be issued by the court in 14 days. Meanwhile, a group of Roj TV viewers also gathered in front of the court building in order to show their solidarity with the channel. The accounts were frozen on 30 August
The bank accounts were frozen on the 30th August upon a request from the public prosecutor office. While Roj TV objected the decision next day, a case was opened against the channel on the same day which was a result of the investigation has been continuing since 2005. The public prosecutor has also demanded the seizure of Roj TV.
Danish prosecutor Lise-Lotte Nilas presented the incitement to the Copenhagen court of first instance on 7 October in which Roj TV has been accused of violating the Article 144 E which regulates aiding terrorist organizations. While the prosecutor showed the TV programmes as evidence it also requested the court to cancel the license granted to Roj TV. The date for the trial remains uncertain.
NATO secretary Danish Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Turkey
The day the Danish prosecutor presented the indictment against Roj TV the former Danish prime minister and the current NATO secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen paid an official visit to Turkey. It is commented that before elections for NATO secretary Turkey bargained with Denmark on banning Roj TV in order to support Denmark in return.
The testimonies of the former director Zonoozi who is accused of peculating of 500 thousand Danish crones belonged to the television were also presented as evidence against Roj TV. In June, after embezzling accusations against him were proofed Zonoozi alleged that Roj TV is financially supported by the PKK. While Roj Tv officials denied the allegations they also stated that Zonoozi was sacked in 2008 because of the money he stole from the TV and he is now trying to escape justice by disseminating false allegations.
A Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende reported on 15 August that Zonoozi has changed his name and is under the protection of the Danish Intelligence Service (PET).
On 7 October Zonoozi was brought to the court by force and the Court decided him to pay the money he peculated.
Roj TV trial will start in the summer of 2011
The trial of Roj TV will start in the summer of 2011 the lawyers of the Kurdish satellite channel said.According to the information gathered from Roj TV’s lawyers the trial will be heard by Danish court in the summer of 2011.
The exact date of the trial will be decided in a meeting between prosecutors and lawyers on 5 November.Danish court lifted a ban on Roj TV’s bank accounts today.
While Roj TV does not have any studios in Denmark it was granted broadcasting license by the Danish authorities.Since the foundation of Roj TV on 1 March 2004 it faces pressure by the Turkish government. The Turkish state has also put under pressure the Danish authorities in order to cancel the license given to Roj TV. The pressure that Roj TV faces has increased since last year. Turkey has also sent Danish judiciary 26 files against Roj TV.