Friday, November 27, 2009

Tomato throwers sentenced to one year in jail


Diyarbakir - Four Kurds in Turkey who threw tomatoes and eggs to a bus with Turkish leader of opposition Deniz Baykal in it are convicted to jail sentences of one year and 15 days each, reports Turkish daily Hürriyet.

The convicts were protesting the visit of a delegation of the Republican People's Party (CHP) to the political and cultural Kurdish capital Amed (Diyarbakir) in June 2008. Baykal had pressed charges against the four protesters. When a CHP-bus with among others CHP-chairman Deniz Baykal in it passed by, the Kurdish protesters began throwing with eggs and tomatoes.

Diyarbakir's Second Criminal Court ruled that throwing eggs and tomatoes at the chairman and secretary of CHP, Önder Sav, constituted the crime of insultment. The Court therefore convicted the suspects to one year and 15 days confinement with 5 years probation. However, the convicts may initiate an appeal before a higher court. (Foto: Haber7)

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