September 2013

Call To Action: TURKEY

PEN International is concerned that writer Mustafa Balbay was sentenced to an extremely lengthy prison term on 5 August 2013, after conviction in the “Ergenekon trial” that PEN International considers to have been deeply flawed and to have fallen far short of international fair trial standards. The organization is also concerned that government critics such as Balbay who were among the defendants may have been penalised as a warning to government opponents. After serving four years in pre-trial detention, Balbay has been given a 34 year and eight month prison sentence.