Proving you can never be too old to run afoul of the law, 102-year-old Lalihan Akbay from predominantly-Kurdish southeastern Turkey, is being investigated for "making propaganda" on behalf of a terrorist organization. The centenarian would-be criminal is the mother of a killed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) guerilla and had attended a recent memorial for her son, where she spoke to the local press, which is what appears to have led to the investigation against her. From Bianet:
Bianet talked with her son, Tevfik Akbay. He said that the investigation was initiated after she talked with the media during the religious ceremony organized in the Tatvan Democratic Solution Tent on April 16, 2011. "She can barely hear and speak" he said. Tevfik Akbay cannot understand how the prosecutor initiate an invesitgation for someone of her age and health condition. "She immediately forgets what she said." "She is 102, can't speak, can't hear and her crime is going to the mawlid for her son who died 26 years ago. I really cannot understand the 'making propaganda for a terrorist organisation' allegation."
The rest of the Bianet story is here.
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