Hrant Dink, an Armenian-Turkish writer cleared on 9 February of insulting Turkish national identity (file photo) (AFP)
9 February 2006 -- A Turkish court today cleared a journalist of Armenian descent of charges of insulting the country's national identity.
Hrant Dink, the editor of the Turkish-Armenian weekly "Agos," was on trial for criticizing the national anthem and an oath all elementary school pupils take for containing lines promoting Turkish ethnic nationalism.
Dink made his comments four years ago.
Dink was convicted in October 2004 on the same charges for an article he wrote in 2004 on the mass slaughter of Armenians during World War I.
He has since appealed against the six-month suspended sentence imposed on him.
Dink is also due to appear in court in May to face charges of attempting to influence the judiciary. The charges stem from an anonymous critical article published in "Agos" shortly after the court ruling.
If found guilty, he could be jailed for up to 4 1/2 years.
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