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article imageTurkish pianist Fazil Say convicted of insulting Islam

By Katerina Nikolas     Apr 15, 2013 in World
Istanbul - Internationally renowned Turkish composer and pianist Fazil Say was handed a 10-month suspended prison sentence today for blasphemy. Say, an atheist, was found guilty of insulting Islam via Twitter posts.
The Hurriyet Daily News reported an Istanbul court found Say, 43, guilty of "insulting religious values of a part of the population."
The charges related to a number of tweets penned by the pianist in April 2012 and carried a sentence of up to 18-months in prison.
Say, who was not in court to hear the sentence, has stated the AKP, the ruling party which Say had previously criticised, were behind the case.
According to the Other Tour Say told an earlier court hearing he did "not seek to insult anybody, but was merely expressing his uneasiness." He became increasingly uneasy about the rise of Islam and growing intolerance within Turkey.
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