Turkish pianist charged with insulting Islam

FOX News:

Published June 01, 2012

Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey –  A Turkish court has formally charged an internationally known Turkish pianist and composer with insulting Islamic religious values in comments he made on Twitter.

The court in Istanbul voted Friday to approve an indictment against Fazil Say, who has played piano with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, National Orchestra of France, and Tokyo Symphony.

The 42-year-old Say faces charges of inciting hatred and public enmity, and insulting “religious values.” Say, who has served as a culture ambassador for the European Union, allegedly mocked Islamic beliefs about paradise.

Meltem Akyol, a lawyer for Say, says the pianist has denied the charges. She says the opening trial will be held on Oct. 18.

Say could face a maximum 1 1/2 years in prison if he is convicted.

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One Reply to “Turkish pianist charged with insulting Islam”

  1. If the Turks give up Islam, God will grant them the right to Kurdish and Arabic women, the Arab and the Kurd will not be permitted to marry the Turkish woman. Attaturk was an excellent man, he will be blessed by God. His worst fault was abolishing polygamy.

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