- Created: Thursday, 17 December 2009 12:49
- Written by FRFI
Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! is supporting the campaign by Swiss trade union UNIA to free Murad Akincilar, who is currently in prison in Turkey awaiting trial on unspecified charges. FRFI has known Murad since he was a Masters student at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 1991-2.
Murad had been living in Geneva for eight years, having fled political repression in Turkey and sought refuge in Switzerland. He was employed full time by UNIA as a trade union organiser when he returned to Istanbul this summer for an extended holiday. Despite having received an assurance from the Turkish Ministry of Justice prior to returning that he was not wanted for anything, on 30 September 2009 Murad was arrested at his home by plain-clothes police. Four days later he was taken to court and remanded in custody. Although the precise details of the accusations against him remain shrouded in secrecy, Murad has been accused of being involved with an illegal organisation – a charge which is strenuously denied.
FRFI 212 December 2009 / January 2010