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    Trial dropped because of courtroom brawl

    Hürriyet Haber
    09.02.2006 - 10:15 | Son Güncelleme:

    The trial of five prominent Turkish journalists, who have been charged with "insulting the Turkish judiciary", under the controversial Article 301 was postponed due to a fight that broke out in the court. The trial will resume on April 11. The court ordered a postponement following a fight which broke out between two nationalists lawyers who were in support of the trial. The journalists have also been accused of trying to influence the courts with comments they made over the cancellation of the Istanbul conference on the so-called Armenian genocide.

    The trial will be watched closely by Europe as Turkey has come up against criticisms on "freedom of speech" laws, in light of their ambitions to enter the EU as a member state.

    Late in January similar charges were dropped against Turkey's most famous contemporary writer, Orhan Pamuk

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