4 Turkish Academics Who Signed Peace Petition Freed Pending Trial

April 25, 2016

Four Turkish academics who had been detained on charges of spreading “terrorist propaganda” in connection with their support for a petition opposing a military campaign against Kurdish separatists have been released pending trial, The Guardian reported. Prosecutors intend to seek a lesser charge, “denigrating Turkishness,” which carries a maximum two-year prison sentence, against the academics. The next hearing is scheduled for September.

The more than 1,000 Turkish professors who signed the Academics for Peace petition in January have faced a range of repercussions, including criminal investigations and university-level disciplinary actions. Some of the signatories have been suspended or terminated from their university positions.

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