1 March 2012 /AHMET ALTAN
The Supreme Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision to jail Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputy Kemal Aktaş for two years, one month [over a speech he made in 2006]. His crime is making a speech in which he allegedly praised terrorism.
It is just another example of how the law can be manipulated to block an individual’s freedom of expression. You could even arrest a state minister for a statement such as “The Oslo talks [between terrorists and representatives of the government] might be resumed again.” Both the politicians and the state love laws just because they can be interpreted in any way they want. I’m not saying that there isn’t a country in the world that jails its citizens just because they made a speech. There are a number of such countries, but the irony is that they are the ones that Turkey has vowed not to be like and that our prominent diplomats and politicians harshly condemn. I am afraid I have to say that I see this move against Aktaş is to weaken the BDP and to block Kurdish politicians’ right to do politics.