Published January 24, 2013
ANKARA, Turkey – After acquitting her twice before, a Turkish court has convicted a woman of involvement in a deadly 1998 bombing and sentenced her to life in prison.
Pinar Selek, a Turkish sociologist now living in France, was accused of aiding and abetting Kurdish rebels and planting a bomb in Istanbul's 17th-century spice market that killed seven people and wounded more than 120.
Selek's previous acquittals were overturned by a higher appeals court. Her lawyer, Yasemin Oz, says the sociologist will appeal Thursday's guilty verdict.
Oz says the court, meanwhile, confirmed the previous acquittal of a man being tried alongside Selek.
Human rights groups say the long-running case against Selek has exposed flaws in Turkey's legal system.