Friday, June 15, 2012

The Lemon Wedge Terrorist

A deaf, illiterate man in Turkey is facing 25 years in jail for allegedly supporting terrorism. What's the evidence against Mehmet Tahir Ilhan? Half a lemon wedge. A Turkish prosecutor says the Kurdish man is a terrorist because he had the slice of lemon when he was arrested during a demonstration- and lemon can ease the effects of tear gas. Ilhan is officially charged with associating with the Kurdistan Workers' Party which is an illegal organization in Turkey. He works at a bazaar in the city of Mersin. Through sign language Ilhan told the court that he got caught up in a demonstration where he was arrested.