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On Friday, a Turkish court in Istanbul acquitted Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan of charges of “attempting to harm the integrity of the state” and “belonging to a terrorist group”, and ordered to drop her prosecution for “terrorist propaganda.” In a text read by her lawyer at the court session, the novelist, who has no relationship with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, believed that her accusation “based on literary texts is something that is difficult for the mind to accept in the twenty-first century.”
A court in Istanbul acquitted the Turkish novelist Friday Asli Erdogan Currently resident in Germany at the conclusion of a controversial trial in the “terrorist activities” case, a journalist attending the session said.
The fictional court, which was tried for its cooperation with the Ozgur Gundem newspaper close to the Kurds and closed in 2016, acquitted of charges of “attempting to harm the integrity of the state” and “belonging to a terrorist group”, and ordered that its prosecution for “terrorist propaganda” be abandoned.
In a text read by her lawyer at the Friday session, Asli Erdogan considered that her accusation “based on literary texts is something that is difficult for the mind to accept in the twenty-first century, and transcends the values that underlie truth and literature.”
She noted that the political nature of her writings in the newspaper “is limited to (condemning) human rights violations” and demanded that she be acquitted.
Numerous Erdogan’s novels have been translated into foreign languages. She was released after spending 132 days in preventive detention, on the grounds that she was accused of belonging to a “terrorist organization”.
The Turkish authorities accuse her of helping, in cooperation with the newspaper, the Kurdistan Workers Party, the armed movement that is fighting a revolt in Turkey and Ankara considers it a “terrorist” organization.
The arrest of the novelist raised dissatisfaction in the world, as human rights organizations considered this issue a symbol of the repeated violations of freedom of expression in Turkey, especially since the failed coup of July 15, 2016.
The court also acquitted two other persons, one of whom was linguist Nashmi Albay, who was being tried with her in the Azgur Gundem case.