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.
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