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A Turkish court acquitted a pianist SAI, accused of blasphemy

The Supreme court of appeals of Turkey has issued a detailed judgment in the case of a famous pianist Fazil say, who was on trial on charges of blasphemy. After a process that spanned over many years, he was acquitted.

«Hurriyet» reports that the court of appeal in its ruling stressed the need to respect and a broad interpretation of the principles of freedom of speech for the sake of a modern, free society composed of free citizens.

In October, the court ruled that records of SAI on Twitter comply with the principles of freedom of speech and cannot serve as a basis for his conviction of blasphemy.

In 2013, the pianist found guilty of committing this crime and sentenced to a ten-month deferred imprisonment.

Fazıl say graduated from the Conservatory in Ankara. He also studied in düsseldorf and Berlin. In 1987, the young musician’s composition «Black hymns» was performed in Berlin in celebration of the 750 anniversary of the city. Among subsequent works of Fazil saya most attention was given to the Second concert for piano and orchestra «the silk way», «Four dances for Nasreddin Hodja» for piano solo (1991), oratorio «Nazim» on the poems of Nazim Hikmet (2001). Many of the works of Fazil saya combine academic tradition with elements of jazz and Turkish folk music.

In the repertoire of the CY-pianist take an important place in the works of Bach and Mozart. Fazıl say performed a duet with violinist Maxim Vengerov.

A Turkish court acquitted a pianist SAI, accused of blasphemy 25.12.2015

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