Turkish parliament approves bill on 'stone throwing children'

Turkish parliament approved an amendment to its anti-terror laws that were used to prosecute and jail hundreds of children caught in PKK conflict.

Turkish parliament approves bill on 'stone throwing children'

Turkish parliament on Wednesday approved an amendment to its anti-terror laws that were used to prosecute and jail hundreds of children following clashes with security forces in eastern and southeastern parts of the country.

Popularly known as the "stone throwing children law," the legislation allowed for high criminal court hearing for juveniles and their trial as adults of "committing crimes in the name of a terrorist organization" for participating in demonstrations.

Under the amendment, children who take part in "illegal demonstrations" will not be prosecuted for committing a terror crime and they will be tried at juvenile courts instead of high criminal courts.

Children who have already been convicted and serving time will be released from prison.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Temmuz 2010, 09:54

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