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    ’One minute’ from Prime Minister Erdoğan

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    21.04.2009 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    ISTANBUL - Turkish novelist Nedim Gürsel, who was charged for insulting religious values for his latest novel "The Daughters of Allah," published by the Doğan publishing house, has sent a letter to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and asked him to read the book.

    Gürsel said in his letter, "Our country, which works for full EU membership, will lose its reputation in the civilized and democratic world because of this lawsuit."

    In the letter to Erdoğan, Gürsel said that as a Turkish novelist living in Paris, he tried to watch Turkish TV stations. "I watched your ’one minute’ reaction in Davos, and your speech at the award ceremony held for Çetin Altan. I ask you to spend ’one minute’ for my lawsuit against my novel ’Daughters of God’ before the first hearing on May 5."

    Gürsel continued, saying: "When my novel was published, former Culture and Tourism Minister Atilla Koç, who is a deputy of your party, called me on my cell phone and congratulated me, saying that he gifted my book to people around him. If he gave it to you, please spend your precious time reading it and make a decision by listening to your conscience."
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