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Turkish writer faces 3 years in prison for insulting nation

December 16 2005

The trial of Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk begins in Istanbul. Accuse him of insulting the nation.

The writer was the first Turk, who admitted publicly that genocide of Armenians during the First World War and the massacre of Kurds. The authorities of some Turkish provinces after his interview ordered to destroy all the books of Orhan Pamuk.

Writer, which this year was among the nominees for the Nobel Prize, threatens to 3 years in prison.

In the West are closely watching the trial. European diplomats regard such a turn of events as a violation of freedom of speech. This case can put an end to the negotiations on Turkey's accession to the EU, according to News

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