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ISTANBUL. – Using the word “Armenian” as an insult is considered an offense in Turkey for the first time.  

A judicial case is opened against Yusuf Polat, who had called Levon and Artun Balcioglu—Turkish citizens of Armenian descent—“Armenian gavurs [i.e., infidels],” Timeturk reports.   

The prosecution demands a two-year sentence for Polat, and for using the word “Armenian” in an offensive manner against the aforesaid Armenian father and son.

If Polat is found guilty, he will be the first person in Turkey to be sentenced for using the word “Armenian” as an insult, and such court ruling will set a precedent in the country.

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