Presumption of Innocence Not Violated in Media Case, Rules ECHR

Employees of a Turkish TV channel broadcasting in Germany, of which Mr. Z. Karaman is a director, started two charity organizations and solicited donations on-air. In 2006 German prosecutors began an investigation for fraudulent use of said donations.

After the on-air solicitation took place, German prosecutors charged Mr. Karaman and several employees with fraud and the regional court in Frankfurt found two defendants guilty of aggravated fraud. Mr Karaman had been separated from these defendants and was not convicted in this ruling, though his name was referenced several times in the decision.


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