Turkey: Acquitted from 12 years’ prison charge for political music album

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Turkey:
Acquitted from 12 years’ prison charge
for political music album

Turkish rock musician Yaşar Kurt’s dissident song, ‘Korku’, released in the late 1990s, resulted in his trial for treason where he was acquitted from a 12 years’ prison charge, he told the Hürriyet Daily News.

Kurt also stands as a highly symbolic figure for conscientious objectors; his dissident song ‘Korku’ (Fear), which was released in the late 1990s on the album ‘Göndermeler’ (Allusions), amounts to a political march against military service. Kurt was sued and tried for treason because of the album.

“I was going to be sentenced to 12 years in prison, had I not been acquitted,” he said, adding that the ban on the album was still in effect.

“My album is banned. I cannot re-introduce it to the market, but I can add the songs to my new albums one by one and sing them in my concerts – it’s truly a contradiction. Because the album was banned by the Culture Ministry I must file a lawsuit against the state to lift the ban [and] I was tried at a military court,” Kurt told the Hürriyet Daily News in an article which was published on 20 October 2011 on the occassion of his forthcoming, new album.



Yaşar Kurt

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Hürriyet Daily News – 20 October 2011:

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