Nuray Gezici

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Gezici, a reporter for Yoksul Halkin Gücü, was arrested and is currently serving a 15-year prison term in Ankara Closed Prison. Transcripts of her trial show she was charged with membership in the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front.
Gezici was detained in Ankara while exiting a taxi with two other people. Police claimed she was on her way to the meeting house of an illegal organization. Police said Gezici was carrying copies of Kurtulus and unspecified “left wing books.”
The state asserted that Gezici’s presence at a ceremony commemorating Turkish revolutionaries who had been killed by security forces in the 1960s and 1970s was evidence of membership in the outlawed group. Gezici said that she had attended the ceremony in her capacity as a journalist. She was also accused of having thrown two Molotov cocktails at an Ankara bank on March 29, 1993, and of having hung two Dev Sol flags in public on April 16, 1993. The prosecution claimed that Gezici had previously confessed to throwing Molotov cocktails, but Gezici testified that her confession had been extracted under torture by police and subsequently denied participating in the attack.