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Turkey foils plot to kill novelist - news from January 2008
1.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 30 Mar 2008 Sun 04:00 pm

Authorities in Turkey have charged 13 people over an alleged plot to kill Orhan Pamuk, the Turkish novelist and Nobel laureate, as well as Kurdish activists.

Members of the group, who Turkey's Anatolia news agency said have been jailed awaiting trial on Saturday, included a retired Turkish general and a high-profile lawyer.

The group, known as Ergenekon, had allegedly been plotting a series of bomb attacks and assassinations, according to Turkish media.

Kemal Kerencsiz, a lawyer known for prosecuting writers and journalists under Turkey's article 301 which makes it a crime to insult "Turkishness", was among those facing charges of inciting armed revolt, according to CNN Turk.

The EU, which Turkey is seeking to join, has called Article 301 an impediment to free speech and Turkish officials recently made moves to amend the law.

Veli Kucuk, a retired general, Zekeriya Ozturk, a retired major were also among the group, the private broadcaster said.

Seizure

Officials have declined to comment on the Ergenekon case, which began with the seizure of explosives and weapons at a house in Umraniye, Istanbul, last summer.

Turkish newspapers said this week the group had been planning to kill Pamuk, author of "Snow" and "My Name is Red", as well as several Kurdish politicians.

The newspapers also said the group was preparing a series of bomb attacks ahead of a coup in 2009 against the Turkish government.

Police are also reportedly investigating whether the suspects were involved in several politically motivated attacks, including the murders of Hrant Dink, the Turkish-Armenian journalist killed last year, and Andrea Santoro, an Italian Catholic priest.

Some commentators have seen in the Ergenekon case the workings of a "deep state", a phrase that refers to nationalist elements in the security forces and state bureaucracy.

Police have been observing Ergenekon, which is named after a valley in Turkish nationalist mythology, for several years and have compiled a 7,000-page dossier on the group and its activities, Turkish newspapers reported.

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2.       teaschip
3870 posts
 31 Mar 2008 Mon 09:01 pm

Could someone explain to me why they want this man dead? Because of Article 301? What did he do so terrible that he should be killed? I just don't get it.

3.       lady in red
6947 posts
 31 Mar 2008 Mon 09:17 pm

Quoting teaschip1:

Could someone explain to me why they want this man dead? Because of Article 301? What did he do so terrible that he should be killed? I just don't get it.



Briefly, he faced prosecution for talking about the murder of Armenians in Turkey during World War I and of thousands of Kurds in subsequent years, thus insulting his homeland. The charges were dropped.


4.       teaschip
3870 posts
 31 Mar 2008 Mon 09:45 pm

Quoting lady in red:

Quoting teaschip1:

Could someone explain to me why they want this man dead? Because of Article 301? What did he do so terrible that he should be killed? I just don't get it.



Briefly, he faced prosecution for talking about the murder of Armenians in Turkey during World War I and of thousands of Kurds in subsequent years, thus insulting his homeland. The charges were dropped.




If the charges were dropped, then why are people still wanting him killed?

5.       lady in red
6947 posts
 31 Mar 2008 Mon 09:47 pm

Quoting teaschip1:

Quoting lady in red:

Quoting teaschip1:

Could someone explain to me why they want this man dead? Because of Article 301? What did he do so terrible that he should be killed? I just don't get it.



Briefly, he faced prosecution for talking about the murder of Armenians in Turkey during World War I and of thousands of Kurds in subsequent years, thus insulting his homeland. The charges were dropped.




If the charges were dropped, then why are people still wanting him killed?



Because they don't agree with the charges being dropped.

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