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Turkey: Kurdish writer acquitted after being charged for ‘insulting the president’

25 March 2021
Image: Mahmut Alınak /Mahmut Alınak on Twitter

 

16 March 2021: Kurdish writer, activist, and politician Mahmut Alınak was acquitted at the second hearing on his trial at Kars 1st Criminal Court of First Instance for allegedly insulting the President in the article, which he shared on his Facebook account in 2017, reported Susma24.

While Alınak did not attend the hearing at Kars Court of First Instance, his lawyer son Bişar Alınak was present. He suggested the social media post should be considered within the scope of “freedom of thought and expression”. After evaluating the post, the court granted an acquittal verdict to Mahmut Alınak. 

Alınak was arrested on 17 February 2020 on the grounds of “disrupting the unity of the state”. 

The Kurdish writer also suffered censorship of his book “Mehmet Tunç and Bêkes” on 14 December 2019.

According to Freemuse’s State of Artistic Freedom 2021, Kurdish artists are particularly vulnerable to suffer legal prosecution under Anti-Terror Law and Article 299 of the Turkish Penal Code. The government uses these two laws to legitimise repression against the opposition.

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