The six men charged for the attacks last month against Afrika newspaper and the TRNC Legislative Assembly have been sentenced to between two and six months in prison.
Judge Tacan Reynar who was presiding over the case found all of the 6 accused guilty of the charges of unlawful assembly, rioting, causing damage to property and inflicting intentional harm.
The accused Mehmet İpek and Ahmet Türkmen were sentenced to 6 months in prison.
The third accused Abdülhadi Doğan was sentenced to 4 months in prison while Bayram Ak and Ümit Taş received 3 months and Oktay Güney 2 months.
The 6 men were part of a group of angry demonstrators who attacked the Afrika newspaper’s headquarters on January 22 after the daily likened Turkey’s Afrin operation in northern Syria to Ankara’s presence in the TRNC.
Protesters threw rocks and eggs at the building smashing windows and brought the newspaper’s sign down causing significant damage.
Later some of the demonstrators climbed onto the roof of the TRNC parliament waving flags before being brought down by police.