Burak Bekdil: Turkey’s Dance with Jihadists

Protestors in front of an Istanbul mosque hold signs honoring the terrorists who perpetrated the Paris attacks, as well as Osama bin Laden, January 16, 2015. (Image source: DHA video screenshot)

Turkish columnist Anmet Hakan was curious why the articles of the Turkish Penal Code that regulate “praising crime and criminals” were never applied to Islamists, while Turkish prosecutors, citing the same article, have the habit of indicting thousands of other individuals.

Good question. But it will most likely remain unanswered. Forever.

The fact is, Turkey’s ruling Islamists and their judges probably do not view the Kouachi brothers as people whose praise should amount to offence on the basis of praising criminals. On a de facto basis, perhaps, the Kouachi brothers are not even viewed as criminals. But that should not come as a surprise for a country whose prime minister has just offered a red-carpet welcome ceremony to Khaled Mashaal, head of Hamas’ political bureau…

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