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Turkey sees merit in jailing children

The case of a 16-year-old jailed for attending a protest highlights the harshness of the country's penal code

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey – If Turkish prosecutors have their way, Hebun Akkaya, a timid 16-year-old with a hesitant manner, could spend seven years in jail for having joined a demonstration a year ago in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast.

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