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Turkey: Novelist released on probation after 132 days of detention

4 January 2017


Novelist Aslı Erdoğan was released from prison on 29 December 2016 after 132 days of being held in pre-trial detention on charges of terror propaganda due to her affiliation, as an advisory board member, to newspaper Özgür Gündem, reported The Guardian on 30 December 2016.

The writer was released on probation, pending trial. If convicted, she could serve a sentence of life imprisonment. At her trial on 2 January 2017, the court scheduled the next hearing on 14 March 2017 and ruled that Erdoğan would remain on probation, reported Livres Hebdo on 2 January 2017.

Erdoğan described her membership on the newspaper’s board as “symbolic”, explaining that the board never had a meeting in five years or made a single decision, reported Hurriyet Daily News on 29 December 2016. Turkish authorities shut down the newspaper in August 2016 as part of its wide-reaching and intense crackdown in response to a failed coup attempt in July 2016.


Sources

» Livres Hebdo – 2 January 2017
Aslı Erdoğan on temporary release until 14 March

» The Guardian – 30 December 2016
’They throw you into a hole’: Celebrated Turkish novelist reveals detention ordeal

» Reuters – 29 December 2016
Turkish journalist accused of spreading propaganda; leading writer freed

» Hurriyet Daily News – 29 December 2016
Author Aslı Erdoğan, linguist Necmiye Alpay released


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