TURKISH COURT REJECTS JOURNALIST'S APPEAL

Nanaimo Daily News (British Columbia, Canada)
May 3, 2006 Wednesday
Final Edition

ANKARA -- A Turkish court rejected an appeal by an ethnic Armenian
journalist against a conviction that found him guilty of insulting
Turkish national identity, in a case watched closely by the European
Union.

Hrant Dink, editor of the weekly Agos newspaper, in October received
a six-month suspended sentence from an Istanbul court for articles he
wrote in 2004 about the killing of hundreds of thousands of Armenians
by Ottoman Turks in 1915.

The appeals court in Ankara upheld the substance of the ruling Tuesday.

"I am deeply saddened by the decision," Dink said. "We were expecting
the court to say that the accusations were baseless."

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress