Lawyers’ Union Seeks to Open Another Court Case against Orhan Pamuk

ISTANBUL (MSNBC)–A senior executive of the Turkish Lawyers’ Union has applied to prosecutors to open a court case against prominent author Orhan Pamuk alleging he insulted the Turkish military. Pamuk already faces a court case on charges of insulting Turks–stemming from commen’s in an interview where he said that Turks had killed one million Armenia’s and 30,000 Kurds.

Kemal Kerincsiz–a member of the executive board of the Lawyers’ Union–said that commen’s made by Pamuk in a recent interview with the German newspaper Die Welt were insulting to Turks–the Turkish republic–state institutions–and organizations. Pamuk’s statemen’s were in breach of article 301 of the new Turkish Penal Code–Kerincsiz said.

In the Die Welt interview–given last week–Pamuk said he considered Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) a threat to democracy. He then went on to say that the country’s armed forces also blocked advances in democracy.

"Unfortunately the threat sometimes is the army that prevents the democratic development," Pamuk was quoted as saying by Die Welt. In his application to the prosecution service–Kerincsiz said that the crime was committed in Germany but the statement was printed in the Turkish papers on October 21 and 22 and charges should be based on that.

A Turkish journalist–Altemur Kilic–has also applied to the prosecution to open a case against Pamuk–alleging that his statement about 30,000 Kurds killed in Turkey during more than two decades of unrest amounted to the author supporting terrorism.

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