Turkish singer Gulesen was released from house arrest. However, she is not allowed to leave the country and has to report to the police every week, her lawyer Emek Emre told dpa on Monday. The 46-year-old has been charged with making comments about religious educational institutions.
Julsen faces up to three years in prison for public incitement. The allegations relate to statements made at a concert in April. There, the singer said that a classmate’s “deviation” was due to the time he spent at Imam Hatip School – Gulsen publicly apologized for the statement and said she was only joking. The trial of the popular artist is scheduled to begin on October 21 in Istanbul.
Imam Hatip Schools are public educational institutions that focus on religious education. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was a student at such a school. Because of the growing number of madrassas, critics accuse the government of Islamizing Turkey. The Turkish constitution provides for the separation of religion and state.
Gulsen Kolakoglu, as the singer is called by her full name, was first arrested and then released to house arrest. The action against the popular singer caused outrage not only among the country’s artists.
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