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Writer Nevin Berktas arrested in connection with controversial book

(BIANET/IFEX) - 11 November 2010 - The "Proletarian Revolutionary Stance" magazine calls for the release of writer Nevin Berktas, author of the book "Difficult places that challenge the faith: Prison Cells". The book describes the process of resistance in the prison cells where she was incarcerated during the military coup in 1980.

Berktas is being tried on charges of "spreading propaganda for an illegal organization" related to her book published in April 2000 by Yediveren Publishing. The trial has been pending for 10 years. She was arrested on 3 November 2010 and taken to the Bakirkoy Women and Children Detention House on Istanbul's European side.

The magazine demanded the release of Berktas in a written announcement. The author was reportedly convicted under Article 7 of the Anti-Terror Law (TMY) (propaganda). Apparently, she is not in good health due to her participation in fasts in 1984 and 1996. Berktas was previously convicted during the military coup on 12 September 1980 and was imprisoned for 22 years. The magazine's announcement said the sentence exceeded the anticipated upper limit by five years.

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