Shafak acquitted

A Turkish court has acquitted Elif Shafak, citing a lack of evidence that she “denigrated the Turkish national identity” by having Armenian characters in her latest novel, The Bastard of Istanbul, characterize the massacre that occurred during the last days of the Ottoman Empire as genocide.

The ruling came after the prosecutor assigned to the case also argued for her acquittal on the grounds that the alleged crime did not take place.

Shafak, who gave birth to her first child last week, was not present in the hearing, which was followed by observers from the European Union and international rights activists.

(Thanks, GMB.) See Michael Orthofer’s remarks at The Literary Saloon.


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