STRASBOURG, France - Turkish dissident sociologist Pinar Selek vowed to fight on after Turkey’s highest appeals court on Wednesday overturned a life sentence for her alleged involvement in a 1998 explosion that killed seven people. “The fight continues because they have only cancelled the sentence,” she told AFP by telephone from Strasbourg in France, where she has political asylum. She said the case would now return for retrial at an Istanbul court. “I must still wait for my definitive acquittal,” she said. Selek, 43, known for her critical studies of the Kurdish conflict in Turkey and work with street children, was accused of bombing a spice market popular with tourists in Istanbul.
When she refused to give police the names of rebels she had met during her research, they claimed she was a member of the Kurdish separatist group PKK and jailed her at age 27.
She was freed in 2000 after a report blamed the explosion on a gas leak. Turkish courts acquitted her three times and primary witnesses have retracted their testimony that she was involved.