Turkish Attorney Asks Ankara Court to Recognize Armenian Genocide

Photo of Talat Pasha

ANKARA (Combined Sources)—A Turkish lawyer has submitted a claim to an Ankara court, demanding recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

The claim filed by attorney Bendal Celil Ezman calls on the Turkish state to recognize the crime against humanity committed by the Ottoman Turkish government during World War I, to condemn its mastermind, Talat Pasha, and rename all the streets that have been named in his honor.

This court case, which also calls for the removal of every Talat Pasha statue erected in Turkey, is the first of its kind, said Ezman, “Turkey must settle its history and past.”

Ezman is one of thousands of Turks who signed the “I Apologize” online petition launched in Turkey last year.  With that campaign, Turks were apologizing to Armenians for the genocide their ancestors committed in the early 20th century.

Asked whether he feared possible counteractions he might face for filing the case, Ezman said: “If anything happens to me, it’ll be God’s will.”

The date of Ezman’s case has yet to be determined.


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  1. vahagababian said:

    Mr.Bendal Celil Ezman, I salute you sir. I salute your sense of Justice and resolve.
    You and likeminded brave Turks are the ointment that will heal the deep and painful
    wounds of the Armenians. May God walk with you.

  2. Vago said:

    Only a few are brave and smart enough to recognize the Armenian Genocide. I'm sure those have a good heart and only love to share, for mistakes past…

  3. Artemis Donikian said:

    Wow. Mr. Turkish Lawyer, we salute thee, and thank thee from the bottom of our hearts.
    Wish many others would follow the same path, for they will be blessed by the soul of the departed!
    Viva l'Armenia!