A refugee in France for fifteen years, the Turkish sociologist and defender of human rights and minorities Pinar Selek is retried in Istanbul in absentia on Friday. Accused of getting dedicated an assault on a metropolis market, that is one more episode in a authorized process that has lasted for 25 years.
That is the fifth episode of a seemingly countless trial for Pinar Selek. The Turkish sociologist and author, a refugee in France for fifteen years to flee the judicial harassment that has focused her in her nation for 1 / 4 of a century, is once more on trial, Friday, March 31, in Istanbul.
Feminist, tireless defender of human rights and minorities, Pinar Selek follows the listening to from the headquarters of the League of Human Rights (LDH) in Paris. The LDH, “it’s the symbolic place of the Dreyfus affair. I wished to make this bridge between the 2 histories of my two nations”, affirmed Pinar Selek in an interview granted to France 24 shortly after the opening of the listening to at 11 h GMT.
The 51-year-old researcher, arrested in 1998 for her work on the Kurdish neighborhood, was then accused of hyperlinks with the Kurdistan Staff’ Get together (PKK, thought-about a terrorist group by Ankara and its Western allies) after which of getting participated in an “assault” – in actuality an unintended explosion which killed seven individuals in 1998 on the Istanbul spice market.
It’s his father, a 93-year-old lawyer and his sister, who grew to become a lawyer to defend her, who symbolize her within the presence of an imposing help committee. evoking his sisterPinar Selek signifies, in his interview with France 24, that “it’s she who has the helm of the entire staff”.
“We’re combating very determinedly”
“This trial, which started earlier than (Recep Tayyip got here to energy) Erdogan and has been happening for 25 years reveals each the continuity of the repressive regime and the brand new gadgets of this regime”, estimated Pinar Selek in a latest interview with AFP in Good, within the south of France, the place she has been instructing sociology since 2016.
After two and a half years in jail, repeatedly convicted and acquitted – in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2014 – she didn’t anticipate her case to return again to court docket as soon as once more. However in June final yr, the Supreme Courtroom overturned all the acquittals after which a brand new worldwide arrest warrant was issued in January, together with a warrant of rapid imprisonment. What satisfied her to not attend this umpteenth listening to which opened on Friday.
“This political and judicial relentlessness of Turkish energy, which has lasted for 25 years, is a part of a context of unprecedented repression concentrating on all those that defend democracy and the rule of regulation,” mentioned Amnesty Worldwide in a press release of help to Pinar Selek.
Lower than 50 days from the presidential election, wherein President Erdogan, in energy for 20 years, shall be a candidate once more, the sociologist desires to win this countless trial, “for justice first” she says and “for the prisoners in Turkey”.
“If this trial has been happening for 25 years, it’s due to our sturdy struggle” for justice, Pinar Selek explains to France 24. She provides: “We’re actually combating in a really decided means”.