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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. 


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The Lion

6/29/2012 7:00:48 PM

To me, it looks like an argument broke out between soldiers. No reason to shoot somebody but not a huge scandal or anything.

The Lion

6/29/2012 7:00:14 PM

titan 71, he means he was a Turkish citizen.

john albay

6/29/2012 5:40:00 PM

This NCO is a disgrace to the Turkish Military. If he was in my unit he would have been court marschalled and would be sitting in a military jail awaiting his punishment. Mistreating soldiers is not the way to run a unit and it makes for bad soldiers.Happy soldiers and well trained soldiers are good soldiers.He was a Turkish soldier may good have mercy on his soul and my feelings to his parents and friends.

titan 71

6/29/2012 4:52:02 PM

Basil, what you are saying is: if he was not a soldier and was another origin than Turkish it would have been OK? Shouldn't your statement say: "No excuse for shooting another person"? Doesn't an Armenian parent heart as much as Turkish parent when their child is killed?

Basil Keilani

6/29/2012 3:50:29 PM

The person was Turkish, and that's what counts. And there's no excuse for one soldier to shoot another. This must stop. Someone must answer for this crime. Yes, I agree.
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