Kemal Kerinçsiz

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Kemal Kerinçsiz (b. 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 liberated together with several other suspects in March 2014.[6]


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  5. ^ Today's Zaman, 5 August 2013, Long sentences for Ergenekon suspects, life for ex-army chief
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