Pınar Selek
Press Statement of Angelika Graf, Member of the German Bundestag, on Pınar Selek Case

Angelika Graf

Member of the German Bundestag

9 February 2011

Angelika Graf, Member of the German Bundestag and deputy

spokeswoman on human rights and humanitarian aid for the

Social Democratic parliamentary group in the Bundestag, has

issued the following statement:

“Pinar Selek is a thorn in the side of the Turkish government because

she has been engaging critically and courageously for years with the

Kurdish question, policy towards minorities in general and gender

issues in Turkey. I am travelling to Istanbul to observe the trial on

9 February because I wish to support Pinar Selek. She has already

been convicted once, then acquitted, and is now being prosecuted in

another court in Istanbul. I join with many others in calling on the

Turkish government to finally drop the proceedings against Pinar Selek.

Anyone who examines the accusations and proceedings will

swiftly realise there is no doubt that Pinar Selek is innocent.”

Background: the sociologist and author Pinar Selek stands accused

of having perpetrated a bomb attack twelve years ago. A total of

seven people died in an explosion at the Istanbul Spice Bazaar. No

one knows, even today, whether the explosion was caused by a

bomb or an accidental gas leak. What is considered to have been

proven, however, is that Pinar Selek had nothing to do with this tragic

event. Pinar Selek, who is currently living in Germany, announced in

November 2010 that she plans to go to the European Court of Human

Rights in Strasbourg in view of the Turkish authorities’ unceasing

persecution of her. She is supported in this by European human

rights activists and politicians, and by PEN, an international association

of writers.


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