Sept 11 Convicted For Terror

September 3, 2011 - 10:25 AM
ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this July 29, 2011 photo, Naciye Tokova, a Kurdish mother and housewife, who was sentenced to seven years in jail for helping rebels who are described by Turkey as terrorists, speaks during an interview in her home in Kurtalan, Siirt in southeastern Turkey. The key piece of evidence against Tokova, who is illiterate, was the sign that she held up at a protest. It said: "Either a free leadership and free identity, or resistance and uprising until the end." The punishment stems from the Turkish state's homegrown narrative of terrorism, one that pre-dates the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and is rooted in the bloody legacy of Kurdish rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan, jailed since 1999. Activists counter that Tokova was denied the right to free assembly and expression and hardly qualifies as a terrorist accomplice.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)