Pianist Say sentenced to 10 months after re-trial

Court sentenced pianist Fazıl Say to 10 months in prison on charges of insulting Islamic values.

Pianist Say sentenced to 10 months after re-trial

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish court sentenced pianist Fazıl Say to 10 months in prison on charges of insulting Islamic religious values.

In April, Fazil Say, a leading composer, posted controversial tweets questioning whether heaven in Islamic belief is like a brothel or pub, because the Quran says there are rivers of wine and houris (very beautiful women) in heaven for those who commit good deeds while they are on Earth.

Say also tweeted about a muezzin who recited the evening call to prayer in 22 seconds, questioning whether he was in a rush to reunite with his lover or go to a rakı table.

Say explained his controversial tweets as verses from a poem by Omar Khayyam, a Persian poet.

The prosecutor's office has found that Say's statements run contrary to the first and third points of Article 216 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK). These points concern the offenses of “fomenting hatred and enmity among the public” and “insulting religious values.”

Last Mod: 20 Eylül 2013, 12:09
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