A famous singer detained for remarks placed under house arrest

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ISTANBUL

Famous pop star Gülşen has been released from provisional arrest for “inciting hatred” over a comment she made about religious schools and has been placed under house arrest.

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A challenge was filed by Gülşen’s lawyer, Emek Emre, against the official arrest, claiming that she was arrested with an unjust and illegal decision because the elements of the crime with which she was charged were irrelevant and not did not meet the conditions for his arrest.

Assessing the challenge, the High Court ordered the singer’s release but warned she could be rearrested if she failed to comply with judicial review measures.

Gülşen Bayraktar Çolakoğlu, a 46-year-old known by her first name on stage, was detained at her Istanbul home and arraigned on August 25 for a comment she made about religious schools in a shocking video social networks.

A judge then sent her to jail pending an investigation into remarks she made on stage in April about “İmam Hatip” religious schools raising children to be Muslim preachers.

In her testimony at the police station before she was imprisoned, Gülşen said the clip showing her making these comments was a misunderstanding as it was shot while she was joking with her colleague. “It wasn’t a speech I made to concert attendees or the media,” she said.

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This clip was shared months later for provocative purposes, according to Gülşen.

She also issued an apology on social media ahead of her arrest after the clip went viral and sparked outrage among senior politicians this week.

“A joke that I shared with my colleagues that I worked with for many years (…) was presented and published by those who aim to polarize society,” she said.

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