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Indictment Against Fr. Yusuf
by State Security Court - Diyarbakir
Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2000 08:24 pm CST


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REPUBLIC OF TURKEY
DIYARBAKIR
STATE SECURITY COURT
OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC PROSECUTOR'S
18.10.2000
PREPARATION NO: 2000/1798
PRINCIPLE NO: 2000/1021
INDICTMENT NO: 2000/979

INDICTMENT
TO THE PRESIDENCY OF NO ( ) STATE SECURITY COURT DIYARBAKIR

PLAINTIF : K.H.

ACCUSED: YUSUF AKBULUT, son of Lehdo and Meryem, born in 1964, Registered in Ana Street, Lalebey district of Midyat, Priest of Our Lady Church.

OFFENCE: Inciting people to hatred and enmity by referring to religious, racial, sectarian and regional differences.

DATE OF OFFENCE: 04.10.2000

APPLICABLE LAW: TCK [Turkish Penal Code] Articles 312/2-3, 31

THE PREPARATORY INVESTIGATION DOCUMENT HAS BEEN EXAMINED:

Then person whose identity is stated above, the accused Yusuf Akbulut, who as a priest of the Syriani Our Lady Church, in an interview he gave to Star newspaper Diyarbakir correspondent Halit Ziya ALPTEKIN, and Olay newspaper correspondent Ahmet BESENK on the day of committal of the offence, referring to the so-called Armenian Genocide Resolution said "At that time it was not only the Armenians but also the Syrianis who were massacred, on the grounds that they were Christians. Christians were massacred in groups, the Kurds were used in the massacres. The homeland of the Syrianis is Mesopotamia. Whereas [the homeland of] the Armenians is Mus, Erzurum, Van, Erzincan and Sivas. Armenians lived in these lands. Why is that they were so many Armenians then and now there are not any? In our area, it is called the "kafle time". What does kafle mean? It means destruction en mass. All people living in the region know the truth I look at Diyarbakir, many people say my grandmother is Armenian or Syriani. From this we understand that at that period our men have been massacred but our young girls were not touched". Furthermore, he also said that he supports the so-called Armenian Genocide Resolution. When the interview was published in Olay newspaper on 03.10.2000, Hurriyet's correspondent Ayhan Acet went to see the accused for confirmation. The accused verified his statement and the interview was published in Hurriyet, on 04.10.2000.

In this manner, the accused committed the crime of openly provoking and inciting people to hatred and enmity by referring to religious, racial, sectarian and regional differences. As is understood from Hurriyet and Olay newspapers, Case Report and Confrontation [of parties] Reports, witness statements by Ayhan ACET, Halit Ziya ALPTEKIN and Ahmet BESENK, and a recorded video cassette [Held in Trrust] 2000/500concerning the interviews. It is alleged and requested that in the name of the public the accused be tried promptly in accordance to procedures of No 2845 Law and the appropriate article.



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