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Thursday, September 16, 1999 Published at 11:59 GMT 12:59 UK


World: Europe

Turkish writer released from jail


The Turkish authorities have released the writer and sociologist, Ismail Besikci, from prison under a new amnesty law for writers and journalists.

The law passed by parliament earlier this month pardons people convicted for their writings and drops pending cases against some, on the condition that they do not commit another offense within the next three years.

At least thirty-two writers and journalists are expected to be freed.

Like Mr Besikci, many have been sentenced for articles deemed to favour Kurdish rebels.

Mr Besikci criticised the new law; he said it meant he could not think or write for three years.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service



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