TURKISH JOURNALISTS APPEAR IN COURT
The first hearing for 14 suspects in the Oda TV case, including arrested journalists Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener, was set to take place on November 21 at Istanbul's Çağlayan courthouse, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
Prosecutors alleged in the case's 134-page indictment that Şık's manuscript, "İmamın Ordusu" (The Imam's Army), was an illegal organization document and "a book draft prepared with other suspects as instructions and guidelines for the Ergenekon Armed Terrorist Organization." Şık faces up to 15 years imprisonment for assisting a terrorist organization.
The manuscript and other digital copies of the book were seized in March by law enforcement officials as an "illegal organization document" and used as evidence.
Former intelligence operative Kaşif Kozinoğlu, who died under arrest on Nov. 12 due to a heart attack, was also set to appear in court.
The case regarding Oda TV, an online news portal known for its fierce criticism of government policies, began after the police conducted a search of the website's offices in February as part of the ongoing Ergenekon probe.
Despite efforts to erase copies of "The Imam's Army," the book recently went to print and was released in the market at Istanbul's Tüyap Book Fair on Nov. 16 under the title "000Kitap" (000Book).
The work was co-authored and edited by 125 journalists who volunteered their labor in an attempt to publish Şık's banned book.
Meanwhile, NTV news channel reported that European Court of Human Rights has accepted Nedim Şener and Ahmet Şık's application.
Ergenekon is an alleged ultranationalist gang that is accused of plotting to overthrow the government by fomenting chaos in society.
- 1965 Death of satirist Leo Kamsar. He was born in 1889.
- 1980 Awards named after Mesrop Mashtots, Petros Adamian, Anania Shirakatsi, Abovyan, Saryan and Komitas are created in Armenia for famous Diasporan Armenians.
- 1988 The Armenian Supreme Soviet adopts a law on the Condemnation of the 1915 Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey.
- 1988 An International Scholars' Meeting on the theme: "Remember for the Sake of the Future" takes place in Oxford, (Great Britain). The Armenian Genocide is referred to on several occasions.
- 1993 The "drum" becomes legal tender in Armenia.