Red notice issued for Turkish sociologist Pınar Selek

Pinar Selek - Photo from

Pinar Selek – Photo from

27th August 2013 –  A red notice has been issued for sociologist Pınar Selek, who was sentenced to life in prison Jan. 24 for her role in an explosion at Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı) in central Istanbul in 1998, which left seven dead and wounded dozens more.
Interpol’s red notice is “the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant in use today.” Selek currently lives in the French city of Strasbourg and is pursuing her thesis at Strasbourg University. She may now face detention by French police and could be sent back to Turkey as part of the long-running legal battle that has seen her cleared of charges in the explosion on three separate occasions.

Reacting to the red notice, Selek said she was “resisting.” “I’m continuing to be who I am – ‘I’m resisting’ – I have nothing to say other than this,” she was quoted as saying by weekly newspaper Agos.


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