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Turkey on the brink? Outside the courtroom in Diyabakir

Security is intense. There is full-screen CCTV so that everything and everyone inside the court is under scrutiny. Truly intimidating are the serried ranks of prison police surrounding all four sides of the centre of the room, with some prison police actually sitting among the accused, as if to give the message that these men and women could perform acts of violence any time if not closely watched.

We are in Turkey, where the principle of the presumption of…

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