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New Turkish Ombudsman under Fire for Dink Verdict

December 3, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

10:46, December 3, 2012

Pressure is mounting for Turkey’s newly elected first ombudsman to resign amid criticism from the family of slain journalist Hrant Dink.

Mehmet Omeroglu, who was elected by Parliament as Turkey’s first chief ombudsman on Nov. 27, was one of the judges who approved the late Dink’s sentence under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code, which outlaws “publicly insulting the Turkish nation,” in July 2006.

Hrant Dink was assassinated in January 2007, after being charged with violating Article 301.

Hrant Dink’s brother Khosrov said the appeals court verdict was the late journalist’s death sentence. “Instead of calling those who gave this verdict to account, they are rewarded,” he said.

Armenian News

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