As if things in Turkey weren't surreal enough, I came across this bit of gossip today on the Turkey forums at http://elt-world.blogspot.com, posted by tararu:
Yeah...Good old Michael is a bit of a worry. I know that it sounds horrible, but sometimes l worry about his dropping by etc......he and his lawyer and other friends who helped him get out of jail last time were trailed by the secret service for a while after he was let out of prison...it all worries me a bit...on a rather odd note, his defence for the pictures was that he was expressing himself artistically, so to find out whether his pictures are art, the powers that be have to consult a collection of eminent art professors at Istanbul Universities. If they say it is art, then he is off the hook, but if they say it isn't art, then he is buggered. It really lends a new meaning to being condemned by the critics.