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Turkey: Kurdish writer / publisher Osman Aytar on trial

, Index number: EUR 44/036/1993

Osman Aytar, General Publishing Director of the Kurdish magazine Medya Gunesi and author of two books, was arrested on 22 January 1993 on charges relating to an article of his which the magazine had published on 16 January. He and the magazine's owner, Cemal Ozcelik and chief editor Salih Bal were charged with "making separatist propaganda"; their trial opened on 12 March. After a second trial hearing on 31 March, Osman Aytar was conditionally released while the trial continues. AI is concerned that if convicted, Osman Aytar would become a prisoner of conscience. Details are given about previous periods which Osman Aytar has spent in prison, which allegedly included torture.

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