Turkish student sentenced to 11 years in poshu scarf case

Turkish student sentenced to 11 years in poshu scarf case

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Turkish student sentenced to 11 years in poshu scarf case

Cihan Kırmızıgül is seen in this 2011 photo. Hürriyet photo

A Turkish court sentenced Cihan Kırmızıgül, a university student who was arrested in 2010 for wearing a “poshu” scarf near a grocery store that was attacked by unidentified individuals wearing the same garment, to 11 years 3 months in jail, daily Hürriyet reported.

The charges against him included aiding a criminal organization and damaging property.

Kırmızıgül, a junior industrial engineering student at Istanbul’s Galatasaray University, has appeared eight times before the court since a secret witness testified against him.

Turkish student sentenced to 11 years in poshu scarf case

A man wearing a poshu scarf.
Hürriyet photo

Kırmızıgül was taken into custody for wearing a poshu scarf on Feb. 20, 2010, when a group of unidentified individuals also wearing poshu scarves attacked an empty grocery store with Molotov cocktails in the same area.

The case has come under widespread criticism. 

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