I am innocent
When asked to speak in his defence at Kadıköy 1st Criminal Court, Ağca repeated his argument: “I do not accept the allegations put against me. I have been suffering in prison for 26 years; there is nothing else to add. I have been made to suffer the terror caused by the media”, he said.
Public Prosecutor Doğan Kaptan stated that the case had to be heard once again, this time considering articles of the New Turkish Penal Code which have brought new rulings in favour of the accused. Kaptan explained that the defendent’s sentence was reduced from capital punishment to life imprisonment for the murder of journalist Abdi Ipekçi.