Thursday, October 20, 2005

Arrested Van University rector "paying the price for defending secularity"

Controvery continues to swirl around the case of Van's Yuzuncu Yil University's Rector, Professor Yucel Askin, who was arrested last week under accusations of improper proceedings in a $25 million tender for medical equipment for the university. At a special meeting of the Board of Higher Education's (YOK) Rector Committee yesterday, an official expression of support was given to Rector Askin, whom YOK affirms is the "victim of a conspiracy." YOK members marched to meet with Justice Minister Cemil Cicek yesterday, and announced their intent to fly to Van on Sunday to express their support in person.

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