Turkey says to restore citizenship of poet Hikmet

Hikme spent years in jail in Turkey and had his citizenship stripped in 1959 for being a communist.

Turkey says to restore citizenship of poet Hikmet
Turkey said on Monday it would restore the citizenship of Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet, who was prosecuted for his leftist views and died in exile in Moscow in 1963 after being declared a traitor.

Hikme spent years in jail in Turkey and had his citizenship stripped in 1959 for being a communist.

His admirers have fought for his rehabilitation for a long time, saying it would signal that Turkey had overcome political divisions of the past, when street battles between leftists and nationalists in the 1970s and 1980s sparked military coups.

Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Cemil Cicek, who announced the measure, said it was up to Hikmet's family to decide whether his remains should return to Turkey from Moscow.

Reuters
Last Mod: 06 Ocak 2009, 15:51
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