At the age of 22, Ilhan Çomak was arrested and charged with starting a forest fire and being associated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). He eventually confessed to the charges after 19 days of torture.
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İlhan Sami Çomak: 27 years in prison, Turkey’s longest serving student.
Today, İlhan Çomak is 48 years old. In jail, Çomak started to write poetry, and has now released eight books of poetry. Read his poems.
İlhan Çomak was announced an Honorary member by PEN Norway’s Writers in Prison Committee. Together with PEN centres worldwide, PEN Norway fights for Çomak’s release.
We invite people to write to Çomak. Read more here.