TURKISH WRITER ORHAN PAMUK FINED FOR THE PHRASE "TURKS KILLED 1 MILLION ARMENIANS"

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March 28 2011
Armenia

Famous Turkish writer and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk must pay a
compensation of 6, 000 liras (U.S. $ 4,000) for the phrase "Turks
killed 1 million Armenians," by the Turkish court's decision.

The writer was sued in 2005 by five people, including ultra-nationalist
lawyer Kemal Kerincsiz, as well as four other people who are relatives
of soldiers killed in action. Pamuk has 15 days to appeal the court
decision, according to the legal procedures.

In 2005, after Pamuk made a statement regarding the mass killings of
Armenians and Kurds in the Ottoman Empire, a criminal case was opened
against him based on a complaint filed by ultra-nationalist lawyer
Kemal Kerincsiz. Kerincsiz appealed to the Supreme Court of Appeal
which ordered the court in Sisli to re-open the case. On March 27,
2011, Pamuk was found guilty and ordered to pay 6,000 liras in total
compensation to five people.

As reported earlier, in an interview with a Swiss newspaper in 2005,
Pamuk said that Turks killed 1 million Armenians and 30, 000 Kurds
in 1915.

A month ago, Pamuk repeated his words in an interview with a Greek
newspaper.




From: A. Papazian