Author defends `Turkish lies' claim

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Ankara - Turkey's greatest living writer was going before a special court today to explain his published remarks that the Turkish republic has deployed "a campaign of lies" to justify massive oppression of its Kurdish citizens. Yasar Kemal, author of theacclaimed Ince Memed (Memed, My Hawk), said it was "50-50" he would face formal charges of "separatism"

after an inquiry into his article in the 10 January edition of the German magazine Der Spiegel. Reuter

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