Turkish sociologist acquitted of 1998 blast for fourth time

December 19, 2014 5:13 PM

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish sociologist who researched the treatment of minority Kurds and has become a cause celebre for human rights groups was acquitted for the fourth time on Friday of bombing Istanbul's Spice Bazaar in 1998.

Pinar Selek was arrested shortly after the explosion, which killed seven people and wounded more than 100, but freed 2-1/2 years later after experts said the blast had been caused by the accidental ignition of a gas cylinder.

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