Turkish press sources report that Pinar Selek was today found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment in the 1998 bombing of the Egyptian Bazaar. As we noted earlier this week, Selek had three times been acquitted on these same charges and there have been on-going concerns with the weakness of the evidence in the case.
Speaking in December, 2012, Emma Sinclair-Webb, of Human Rights Watch, said:
It’s a huge miscarriage of justice. The case of a women who is accused on the basis of no evidence, or statements extracted under torture were used to convict Pinar Selek. The evidence of a bombing is completely lacking; there is no forensic evidence that there was even a bombing in the Spice Bazaar back in 98.