The hearing would normally be held in September, but because the court had an arrest warrant for Mehmet Aydın, an interim hearing was held yesterday.
Mehmet Aydın attended the hearing from Edirne Prison and his lawyer from Bursa via SEGBİS. The court board lifted the arrest warrant for Mehmet Aydın at the beginning of the hearing and decided to arrest him from both files in the court.
During the identification, the following dialogue took place between Mehmet Aydın and Court President Ali Günay:
Chairman: Mehmet Aydın, welcome to the country.
Aydin: We enjoyed it. Hello.
Chairman: How old are you, where were you born, are you literate?
Aydın: I am 30 years old. I was born in Bursa. I am a secondary school graduate.
Chairman: Do you have a criminal record? Do you use phone?
Aydın: I don’t have a criminal record, I don’t have a phone either.
Chairman: What is your income?
Aydın: I have no income at the moment.
Chairman: Are you married?
Aydın: I am not divorced, it has not been finalized yet.
Mehmet Aydın, in his defense after his identification, said the following in summary:
“My $5 million worth of assets were confiscated in Uruguay. When the arrest warrant was issued, my $7 million Bitcoin business facility, which we sent to Paraguay and which was in the hands of Osman Naim Kaya, was also seized by Osman Naim Kaya. He is in Uruguay due to the investigation against Osman Naim Kaya. He was arrested. Later he was placed under house arrest. I don’t know what he is doing now.
“My assets in Turkey were also confiscated by the state. I do not currently have any money to compensate the victims. However, I will compensate the victims with my confiscated assets in Cyprus and Turkey. I have been abroad in different countries until the red notice was issued. When the red notice was issued about me, Uruguay “I was in ‘I was in Brazil. From here I went to Brazil. We can think of these as two different provinces. I went to Brazil without any problem and control and surrendered to the consulate.”
At the end of his defense, Mehmet Aydın said, “When I went abroad, there was no arrest warrant for me. I demand my acquittal.” Aydın’s lawyer, Fatih Kuş, also stated that his client was in a position to compensate all the victims with his current assets and demanded that he be tried pending trial. The court adjourned the hearing by rejecting the demands. The court decided that all statements made by Mehmet Aydın after his arrest be sent to them and that Mehmet Aydın’s detention should continue.