Academic Acquitted of Terror Propaganda in Turkey

June 24, 2016

A British academic in Turkey accused of making propaganda for a terrorist organization was acquitted on Thursday, the Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Chris Stephenson, a lecturer in computer science at Istanbul Bilgi University, was taken into custody March 15 in front of an Istanbul courthouse for allegedly possessing a Nevruz, or Kurdish New Year, leaflet printed by the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party. Stephenson was released the following day. He had gone to the courthouse to show support for three Turkish academics who’d been detained in connection with their support for a petition opposing the military campaign against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey.

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