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Anonymous Patron writes ""Far Away Trial
Academics and human rights advocates are warily monitoring a trial unfolding in an Armenian courtroom, in which a Duke University doctoral student from Turkey faces up to eight years in prison for allegedly taking used books out of the country illegally.
He was held without bail for nearly a month before being charged, on July 21, with violating an article in the Armenian Constitution that bars transportation out of the country of drugs, nuclear weapons and certain â€œraw materials or cultural valuesâ€? without prior permission. According to the scholarly groupsâ€™ reports, Armenian customs regulations require travelers to declare books that are at least 50 years old, as seven of Turkyilmazâ€™s books reportedly were..."