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BIA: Armenian Patriarch Karekin Investigated

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    Armenian Patriarch Karekin Investigated

    Following the first visit to Turkey of the Head of the Armenian Apostolic
    Church, an investigation is launched against Karekin II under article 301
    of Anti-Terror Law for "insulting Turkishness".
    BI.A News Center

    BI.A (Istanbul) - An investigation has been launched in Turkey
    against the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church Catholicos Karekin II
    related to remarks he made during his first visit to the country last week.

    The investigation was started under controversial article 301 of the
    Turkish Penal Code for "insulting Turkishness" and is related to a criminal
    complaint filed by an individual named Recep Akkus and the right-wing
    Jurists Union that has pursued a series of similar complaints against
    high-profile Turkish authors and intellectuals.

    Akkus himself as among those who filed a criminal complaint against
    Turkey-EU Mixed Parliamentary Commission co-chairman Joost Lagendijk for,
    "insulting the Turkish army and judiciary organs and attempting to
    influence the judiciary?.

    The complaint related to a press conference held at the Armenian Patriarchy
    last week where Karekin II said "genocide is not an issue of research for
    our people, it is an incident that has happened and it should be

    Turkey's NTV channel reported that as Karekin II is currently in Armenia
    and there is no judicial assistance agreement between Turkey and that
    country, it is not likely for a statement to be taken from the head of the
    Armenian Apostolic Church by Letter of Request.

    If the prosecution deems it necessary, it can issue a warrant to all border
    doors and entry points for Karekin II to be questioned and a statement
    taken from him on his next entry into the country. (EO/TK/II/YE)