After he was taken into custody on 19 November, the former frontman of Grup Munzur, Şenol Akdağ, who had been detained on charges of “performing at a concert under the flag and banner of a terrorist organization” and “spreading terrorist propaganda, was released on 20 February following the trial at Çağlayan İstanbul Courthouse.
In the indictment prepared by the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office about Akdağ, the 30-year-old custody records of Akdağ as well as witness accounts about Akdağ playing the saz (a musical instrument), composing music, and being Grup Munzur’s frontman were admitted as evidence.
The following witness statements about Akdağ were admitted as evidence in the indictment:
A.O.: “I know the person, whose photo you have shown me and whose identity information I have learned from you, as Şenol Akdağ, who plays the saz and sings in Grup Munzur as well as composes music for this band. He is an employee of the Yüz Çiçek Açsın Cultural Centre (YÇKM).”
B.T.: “I know this person to be Şenol Akdağ; he was the frontman of Grup Munzur. I have seen him in certain protests organized by the Democratic Rights Federation.”
Y.S.: “I know this person as Şenol Akdağ. I had heard that he was part of the music band Grup Munzur and then released his own albums after he left that band.”