Ismail Turut facing trail

22 February 2001

Ismail Türüt facing trial
Ismail Türüt, Turkish folk singer, is accused of “praising an act which is considered a crime” in a song that he had prepared for performance during the election campaign of Sevki Yilmaz, an MP linked to the now banned Welfare Party. The offending phrase is “Hodja we are proud of your actions. I don’t know what they have written in those 30 files”. (Unclear at present what this is referring to and whether it is in direct support of a violent act.) Türüt is charged under Artice 312/1 of the Turkish Penal Code which carries six months to two years imprisonment. Trial to commence shortly before the Istanbul Penal Court of First Instnce. Türüt will remain free during the trial.



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