Denouncement Against Karekin II
ISTANBUL - Kemal Kerincsiz, chairman of the executive board of the Union of Jurists, denounced Karekin II, head of the Armenian Orthodox Church, to the Chief Prosecutor`s Office in Istanbul on Thursday on charges of denigrating Turkish people by claiming that Turks had committed genocide against Armenians.
In a petition he submitted to the Chief Prosecutor`s Office, Kerincsiz said that a public prosecution should be filed against Karekin II for denigrating Turkish people in accordance with Article 301/1 of the Turkish Penal Code.
Kerincsiz also requested the Chief Prosecutor`s Office to issue a warrant of arrest to detain Karekin II if he enters the country once again.
Karekin II paid a visit to Istanbul last week at invitation of Greek-Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I.
During a news conference at the Turkish-Armenian Patriarchate on June 25th, Karekin II said that it was impossible to find a solution as long as Turkey denied the so-called Armenian genocide.
Article 301/1 says that individual/s who openly denigrate/s Turkish people, Republic of Turkey or Turkish parliament is/are sentenced to prison from six months up to three years. http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=131657