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Sevag Şahin Balıkçı. Hürriyet photo

Sevag Şahin Balıkçı. Hürriyet photo

A military court in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır has agreed to try the commander of a Turkish-Armenian soldier who was killed under suspicious circumstances while performing his military service in 2011. 
 
Non-commissioned officer Sabrettin Ersöz will stand trial as part of a case into the killing of Sevag Şahin Balıkçı on charges of "abuse of office through negligence."
 
Balıkçı was shot in a gendarmerie station of Batman province by another soldier, Kıvanç Ağaoğlu, who was also performing his military service. The incident took place April 24, 2011, the same date Armenians mark the anniversary of the events of 1915. 

June/29/2012

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