Mr Sadullah Ergin
Minister of Justice
29. January 2011
Pinar Selek will be tried 9 February; faces 36 years in prison
Pinar Selek, writer, sociologist and founder of the Amargi Women’s Solidarity Cooperative, will be tried in Istanbul on 9 February 2011, on charges of which she has already been acquitted twice. If she is found guilty, she faces 36 years in prison. The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of PEN International is seriously concerned that Selek is being subjected to a campaign of judicial harassment as a means of penalizing her for her long standing support for minority groups in Turkey. We therefore urge the end of this pursuit of Pinar Selek and the dismissal of charges against her.
Member of Norwegian PEN, WiPC