Elif Shafak: U. Arizona Professor Acquitted of Charges In Turkey
The trial ended 1 1/2 hours after it began, with Judge Irfan Adil ruling that there was insufficient evidence to suggest that Shafak
committed a crime.
Shafak was charged under Article 301, which makes public denigrationof Turkishness, the Turkish Republic, the Grand National Assembly, the government, judiciary, military and security services a crime, according to the Associated Press.
Shafak's trial gained international attention, with more than 300 riot police surrounding yesterday's hearing. The trial came at an important time for the country, which is under evaluation to join the European Union.
The EU has warned Turkey that putting writers and journalists on trial for their speech could hamper its efforts to join the bloc, according to the Associated Press.
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