10 October 1997


Further details of trial against publisher Recep Marasli

Incident details

Recep Marasli


(WiPC/IFEX) - The trial hearing against publisher and poet Recep
Marasli, accused of membership in a pro-Kurdish organisation (see
IFEX alerts), was held on 2 October 1997 at the Ankara State
Security Court. During this hearing, defence lawyers pointed out
that Marasli was being tried for the same charges by another
court in Istanbul and urged that the two cases be amalgamated.
The Ankara State Security Court rejected a request from Marasli's
lawyers that he be freed while the trial proceeds so as to
receive medical treatment. The trial was adjourned to 4 November.

**Updates IFEX alerts dated 30 September, 20 May and 19 March

Concerns for Marasli's health are increasing as time passes. It
is feared that he is being denied medical attention which is
urgently required.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • expressing alarm at the continued refusal by the Ankara State
    Security Court to grant Recep Marasli's request to be released
    pending the conclusion of his trial despite deep concerns that
    continued detention without appropriate medical attention could
    have severe consequences for Marasli's health
  • calling upon the Turkish authorities to allow his freedom as the
    court case proceeds
  • expressing further concern that the charges against Marasli
    appear to be in denial of his right to freedom of expression, as
    guaranteed under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human
  • therefore urging that the Ankara State Security Court take this
    into consideration when deciding on Marasli's case

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz
    06573 Ankara, Turkey
    Fax: +90 312 417 0476 or +90 312 230 8896

    Mr Hikmet Sami Turk
    State Minister with responsibility for Human Rights
    Office of the Prime Minister
    06573 Ankara, Turkey
    Fax: +90 312 417 0476

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    International PEN Writers in Prison Committee
    Brownlow House
    50-51 High Holborn
    London WC1V 6ER
    United Kingdom
    wipc (@) internationalpen.org.uk
    Fax:+44 20 74050339
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