Ozlem Turk

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Turk, a reporter in the town of Samsun for the weekly socialist magazine Mucadele, was arrested at a relative’s home and charged with belonging to the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, under Article 169 of the Penal Code. Court documents from her trial state that the prosecution’s evidence included the fact that Turk collected money for Mucadele, along with a handwritten autobiography allegedly found in the home of a party member. Two people testified that she belonged to the group.

Turk maintained that the money she had collected came from selling copies of Mucadele. She also claimed that she was forced to confess to the charges under torture. The only material evidence presented at the trial was copies of legal publications found at her home and copies of her alleged autobiography. Police provided expert testimony to authenticate the allegedly incriminating documents.

According to court documents, Turk was convicted under Article 168/2 of the Penal Code and sentenced to 15 years in prison. At year’s end, she was being held in Kutahya Prison.