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12/02/2006 02:44 AM ID: 58661 Permalink   

Judge Sentences Blind Man to Reading and Writing Course

 

Turkey: 73-year-old Ismail Canseven, from the province of Kutahya, has been sentenced to a 26-day course in reading and writing at the public library for failing to vote in the election for the cooperative's board of directors.

Turkish law obligates people to vote in elections. The man's son, Isa Canseven, plans to appeal the sentence. He claims that his father's eyesight is so poor he cannot find the toilet except by following a piece of string.

A local newspaper quotes Ismail as saying, "What am I going to do in a library? I can't see out of either of my eyes, and I can't read or write anyway."

 
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  Sight or not - you're being punished!  
 
This is just retarded...
 
  by: wwwxxayxeme   12/02/2006 05:22 AM     
  it is another reason  
 
why Turkey shouldnt be part of the EU. their leagal system is incompatible.
 
  by: jocksteeluk   12/02/2006 07:53 AM     
  This is crap...  
 
Don't governments have bigger things to worry about?
 
  by: Dark_Stang   12/02/2006 06:39 PM     
  jocksteeluk  
 
Our cultures are so very different so I think you are right.
 
  by: philigs     12/02/2006 06:53 PM     
 
 
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