Turkey: Deaf and mute protester sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment

A court in Turkey has sentenced a man with speech and hearing impairments to eight years in prison for spreading propaganda on behalf of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Mehmet Tahir Ilhan was sentenced after attending a demonstration in in April 2011. Following his involvement in the protest, Ihlan was also charged with “committing a crime on behalf of a terrorist organisation,”  “resisting security forces” and “contravening the Law of Assembly and Demonstration”.  Ilhan claimed he was  not one of the protesters who threw stones  and Molotov cocktails during the rally.