Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Elif Shafak's characters on trial

Uncle Dikran, Grandma Shushan and Auntie Zeliha may be figments of the novelist Elif Shafak’s imagination but they will all be in the dock this week in a bizarre trial that has become a test for Turkey’s European ambitions and commitment to freedom of speech.
More from Suna Edrem in The Times.

Update: Elif Shafak has been acquitted, reports BBC News.
The proceedings lasted just 40 minutes and ended in utter chaos, the BBC's Sarah Rainsford reports.

The judges said they based their decision on lack of evidence to prove that Ms Shafak "denigrated the Turkish national identity" in her novel, The Bastard of Istanbul.

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