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Turkish Reporter Sik Charged for ‘Insult’ on Release From Prison

July 03, 2012

A Turkish prosecutor has charged journalist Ahmet Sik with “insulting a public official” after his release from prison in March, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

The charges carry a sentence of as much as seven years in prison, Anatolia said.

Sik was released from jail in March after being imprisoned for 375 days on charges of aiding a plot to overthrow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. His book, “The Imam’s Army,” which described how followers of Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based Turkish imam, had allegedly infiltrated the police force, was confiscated before publication.

“Those who’ve invented these conspiracies, the police who are carrying them out, the judges and prosecutors, will go into this jail,” Sik said upon his release from prison, according to Anatolia’s citation of the remarks for which he’s being charged. “When they’re in here justice will be done.”

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