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Turkish Nobel Winner Pamuk Fined for Armenian Remark

Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 2006, was ordered to pay 6,000 liras ($3,850) for the crime of “insulting Turkishness,” Sabah newspaper reported.

A small claims court in the Sisli district of Istanbul ordered Pamuk to pay compensation to six plaintiffs for remarks he made in 2005 that were published in a Swiss newspaper supplement, Sabah said.

“Thirty thousand Kurds and one million Armenians have been killed on this land, and nobody dares to talk about it,” Pamuk had said, referring to Turkey. “So I do.”

Among those who will receive compensation is Kemal Kerincsiz, a nationalist lawyer later arrested on suspicion of being a leader of the alleged “Ergenekon” coup conspiracy against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Sabah said.

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