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'Sad for Turkey,' pianist says after indictment for anti-religious tweets is approved

Written By THA on Saturday, 2 June 2012 | 13:58

Turkish pianist Fazıl Say said the case trying him for "insultingthe religious values of a section of society" is very sad forTurkey, daily Hürriyet reported today.

The pianist said he was one of 165 people who shared the tweetthat caused him to face imprisonment.

"I just found the parable funny and retweeted it." Saysaid. "The case, which is inconsistent with human rights anduniversal laws, is bad for Turkey's image ."

An Istanbul court has accepted an indictment against theprominent Turkish pianist for his remarks in support of atheismyesterday.

The indictment calls for the pianist to be sentenced to 1.5 yearsin prison.

According to allegations, Say said in a tweet that “Whereverthere is a stupid person or a thief, they are believers in God. Isthis a paradox?” (Hürriyet)
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