Turkish popstar Gulsen released on condition of house arrest

Turkish popstar Gulsen released on condition of house arrest
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Gulsen Colakoglu who was arrested for "inciting the people into hatred and animosity" allegedly by some remarks on stage, has been released, only to be taken under house arrest.

Turkish pop star Gulsen, who had been arrested four days earlier over some remarks on stage was released on Monday on condition of house arrest.

Her lawyer Emek Emre said that they would appeal for the house arrest order to be lifted.

Gulsen Colakoglu, mother of one, was arrested when a video, recorded months earlier on the stage during a concert, was released on Internet.

She is heard saying in the video, reportedly to a member of the band, "He had studied at a imam-hatip school. This is where his perversion comes from."

Her remarks, intended as a joke, triggered the prosecution to charge her with "inciting the people into hatred and animosity." The imam-hatip schools are the religious schools in Turkey.

After Gulsen's release, a woman opposition deputy reacted to the house arrest order, saying that it has been issued to prevent Gulsen from holding concerts and appearing in public.

Gukce Gokcen, deputy for the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) said:

"So it appears the flight risk somehow just vanished within a couple of days, but she is still under house arrest. What it means is, she is not to hold concerts, not to appear on stage, not to dress the way she does, not to wave flags."

Gulsen recently waved on stage the rainbow flag that symbolizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) social movements