Kemal Kerinçsiz

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Kemal Kerinçsiz (born February 20, 1960 in Edirne, Turkey) is a Turkish nationalist lawyer, famous for filing complaints against more than 40 Turkish journalists and authors (including Orhan Pamuk, Elif Şafak,[1][2] and the late Hrant Dink[3]) for "insulting Turkishness". He heads the Büyük Hukukçular Birliği ("Great Union of Jurists"), which is responsible for most Article 301 trials.[4]

On 5 August 2013 Kerinçsiz was sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment as part of the Ergenekon trials.[5] He was released together with several other suspects in March 2014.[6]


  1. ^ Rainsford, Sarah (2006-09-21). "Turkish novelist case collapses". BBC News Europe. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
  2. ^ Birch, Nicolas (2006-09-16). "Liberals and Nationalists in Turkey Face Off Again Over Freedom of Speech". EurasiaNet. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
  3. ^ "Turkish nationalism on the march". The Economist. 2007-05-08. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
  4. ^ Purvis, Andrew (2005-10-02). "Continental Divide". Time. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
  5. ^ "Long sentences for Ergenekon suspects, life for ex-army chief". Today's Zaman. 5 August 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-08-06.
  6. ^ "Art arda tahliyeler". Haber Turk. 10 March 2014.