The first hearing of writer, sociologist and feminist Pınar Selek’s incredible third retrial commenced on 13 December 2012 in a packed courtroom at the Çaĝlayan Courts of Justice in Istanbul. The Court ruled to postpone the trial to 24 January 2013, and gave Selek’s defence attorneys a week to submit their appeal against the appointment of the Chief Trial Judge presiding over the case (who overturned Selek’s acquittal on 22 November 2012) to a higher court.
PEN is concerned by the drawn out nature of proceedings against Selek, and is worried that she is being subjected to a campaign of judicial harassment as a means of penalising her for her long-standing support for and work on minority groups in Turkey. Selek fled Turkey a number of years ago as a result of the charges against her and cannot return to the country and resume her work due to the threat of arrest and detention. If found guilty she faces life in prison with no chance of parole.
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Please send appeals:
- Expressing concern that another trial has been opened against on charges of which she has already been acquitted three times.
- Urging that the charges against Selek are dismissed.
Send appeals to:
His Excellency Mr. Ünal Çeviköz
43 Belgrave Square
Fax: 020 7393 9213
Mr Sadullah Ergin
Minister of Justice
Fax: 00 90 312 419 3370