Thursday, December 15, 2005

Court to Try not Orhan Pamuk, but Turkey

Rehn: Court to Try not Orhan Pamuk, but Turkey
By Anadolu News Agency (aa)
Published: Thursday, December 15, 2005

"It is not Orhan Pamuk but Turkey to be tried in court on Friday," said Olli Rehn, the European Union (EU) Commissioner for Enlargement, about the Pamuk trial.

The court's decree will "be a test for Turkey on freedom of expression and the reforms that have so far been put into action," the commissioner said. "I hope Turkey acts in accordance with the European Human Rights Convention and the Copenhagen political criteria."

The outcome of the Pamuk trial, according to Rhen, will possibly set a positive example for the other cases of freedom of expression pending for trial.