Author cleared of insulting Islam

AN Istanbul court says it has acquitted a Turkish author of charges of insulting Islam in his latest book.

AN Istanbul court says it has acquitted a Turkish author of charges of insulting Islam in his latest book.

The court said yesterday that there is no ground to consider Nedim Gursel's novel, The Daughters of Allah, an insult to religious values.

Gursel, who lives in France, has become the latest intellectual to be prosecuted in Turkey under laws that restrict free speech.

Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk went on trial for insulting Turkey but charges were dropped in 2006. - Sapa-AP

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