Turkish author on trial for insulting Islam
Associated Press
2009-05-26 03:15 PM
An Istanbul court is hearing a case against a Turkish author who is accused of insulting Islam in his latest book.

Nedim Gursel faces up to three years in prison if found guilty of charges of "humiliating religious values" and "inciting religious hatred" in his novel "The Daughters of Allah."

However, the prosecution stated at the previous hearing that there was no evidence that the book incited hatred, raising hopes that the author would be acquitted.

Gursel, who is based in France, is the latest intellectual to be prosecuted in Turkey under laws that restrict free-speech. Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk went on trial for insulting Turkey, but charges were dropped in 2006 on a technicality.

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