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Case against Turkish author dropped


Controversial charges against best-selling Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk – for allegedly insulting his country’s identity – have been dropped by a court in Istanbul. The Justice Ministry said in a statement that the court had no authority under the revised penal code to permit a case.

Pamuk was charged after a Swiss newspaper interview in which he claimed that no one dared discuss the massacre of a million Armenians 90 years ago, along with the deaths of 30,000 Kurds in the past two decades. Pamuk’s trial was adjourned shortly after it began in December, effectively passing responsibility of the case to the government.
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