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    Lawyers won't drop the Armenian conference: new court case opened

    Hürriyet Haber
    28 Eylül 2005 - 11:51Son Güncelleme : 28 Eylül 2005 - 11:51

    Following the closure of the controversial two day Armenian conference at Istanbul's Bilgi University, a group of lawyers from the Lawyers' Union in Istanbul has opened a court case against 17 individuals they claim went against the earlier ruling of an Istanbul court that the conference could not proceed. The conference, titled "Ottoman Armenians During the Collapse of the Empire," had been originally scheduled for May of this year, and was postponed following outcry over what was perceived as its pro-Armenian agenda.

     The rescheduled conference was then blocked by a last minute court order brought about by a group of lawyers from Istanbul's Lawyers' Union. The conference, forbidden from taking place at Bosphorus University, was then transferred to Istanbul's Bilgi University. The same group of lawyers from the Lawyers' Union filed for their case at Beyoglu's Turkish Republic Prosecutor's offices yesterday. Among the 17 people listed in their file as defying court orders are the rectors of Bosphorus, Sabanci, and Bilgi universities, as well as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul.

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