Orhan Pamuk, a best-selling Turkish novelist facing trial for speaking out about the 1915 mass killings of Armenians, moved at the weekend to soften his controversial remarks, insisting that he did not describe the episode as genocide.
Pamuk could face up to three years in prison for reportedly telling a Swiss newspaper that “30,000 Kurds and 1 million Armenians were killed in these lands and nobody but me dares to talk about it”. But on Saturday night, he went on CNN-Turk television to say: “I did not say, we Turks killed this many Armenians. I did not use the word ‘genocide’.”
Hmmm. I suppose future Nobel winners facing time in the infamous “Turkish Prison” system get to cover their asses too. I know I would.