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Teacher on trial for child abuse in case that shocked Turkey

/ 04:54 PM April 20, 2016

ANKARA, Turkey — The trial has opened in Turkey of a teacher accused of sexually abusing 10 boys under his care at two religious foundations, a case that has shocked the country and led to accusations of a cover-up.

The 54-year-old man is charged with assaulting the boys, aged between 10 and 12, at boarding homes, one of which was run by a foundation linked to Turkey’s ruling party. The first hearing was held Wednesday behind closed doors.

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The country’s minister for family affairs, Sema Ramazanoglu, sparked outcry after she described the assaults as a “one-off incident” and accused opposition parties of trying to besmirch the government-linked foundation.

The minister later survived a censure motion in parliament submitted by the opposition, which accused her of negligence in preventing violence against women and children. TVJ

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