A Turkish court has ordered Fazil Say, accused of blasphemy, to appear before it on April 15 following an investigation of ‘an autistic disorder’.
The pianist is accused of tweeting a message allegedly offensive to Islam. His defence counsel, Meltem Akyol, protested his right to freedom of expression. The complainant asked the court to consider autism as a possible cause of the outburst. (An earlier report attributing this request to the defence counsel was mistaken.)
Fazil Say was not in court for the hearing. He plays in Alicante, Spain, tonight.