Court re­jects nov­el­ist’s plea to be freed

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Prom­i­nent Turk­ish nov­el­ist Asli Er­do­gan will re­main in jail pend­ing trial for writ­ing ar­ti­cles for a pro-Kur­dish news­pa­per, ac­cused of hav­ing links with mil­i­tants, her lawyer said. The writer and hu­man rights ac­tivist was ar­rested on Au­gust 16 af­ter a court or­dered the tem­po­rary clo­sure of the pro-Kur­dish daily Ozgur Gun­dem, which the govern­ment says has ties to the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party (PKK), con­sid­ered a ter­ror­ist group by Ankara as well as the Euro­pean Union and the United States.

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