TRIAL OF ACADEMICS: Academic for Peace Füsun Üstel Imprisoned

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Sentenced to 1 year, 3 months in prison for signing the declaration “We will not be a party to this crime” by Academics for Peace, Prof. Dr. Füsun Üstel submitted herself to Eskişehir Women’s Closed Prison today (May 8).

The prison sentence of the academic was upheld by the 3rd Panel Chamber of the İstanbul Regional Court of Peace on February 25, 2019.

Füsun Üstel went to Eskişehir together with her attorneys to submit herself to prison. She was welcomed there by other Academics for Peace discharged from Osmangazi and Anadolu Universities.

* Füsun Üstel and academics in Eskişehir Courthouse

As per the Article 107/4 of the Law no. 5275, the people who are sentenced to prison “on terror charges” serve three quarters of their prison terms in penal institutions. Accordingly, Üstel will be held in prison for 11 months. In other words, her prison term will be reduced by one fourth and she will serve her remaining prison term on probation.

What happened?

Prof. Dr. Zübeyde Füsun Üstel from Galatasaray University was sentenced to 1 year and 3 months in prison on charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” as per the Article 7/2 of the Anti-Terror Law (TMK) for having signed the peace declaration in April 2018.

The penalty of Prof. Dr. Üstel was not deferred on the ground that she has not demanded deferment of the announcement of the verdict and that she has not made “a statement of penitence.”

The 3rd Panel Chamber of the İstanbul Regional Court of Justice upheld the prison sentence of Prof. Dr. Füsun Üstel in a verdict dated February 25, 2019. Though her attorneys objected to the verdict of the court of appeal, her prison sentence has still been executed.

About Zübeyde Füsun Üstel

Prof. Dr. Zübeyde Füsun Üstel is an academic at Galatasaray University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Johns Hopkins in Italy in 1980-1981 and started working as a research assistant at İstanbul University, Faculty of Economics.

She completed her PhD at the Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara University in 1987. Becoming a lecturer at Galatasaray University, Üstel has published a series of articles in Turkey-based and international journals of social sciences. Her articles have mostly focused on the history of Turkey, nationalism and issues of identity.


Photographs: Nurettin Aldemir / Yaşam, Bellek, Özgürlük