The sets of queries are regarding the case involving well-known Istanbul Armenian writer, linguist, journalist and columnist Sevan Nisanyan, who is serving an eleven-year prison sentence in Turkey.
The Armenian MP, in her written questionnaire, stressed that even though about 3,000 lawsuits are filed every year for the violation of the law on the preservation of cultural and natural resources—and Nisanyan has been sentenced to over eleven years in prison under this article—, the court either issues a prison sentence of less than two years for this violation, or those in prison come out without delay, reported Agos Armenian bilingual weekly of Istanbul.
In December 2013, the Armenian intellectual was sentenced to prison on charges of illegal construction, and he is already serving time.
And in December 2014, a Turkish administrative court had ruled that Nisanyan had violated the law on the preservation of cultural and natural resources. As a result, the court had sentenced him to five years, two months and fifteen days in prison plus a 12,600-lira (approx. $5,637, at the time) fine.
With this new sentence, Sevan Nisanyan’s total prison term had amounted to eleven years and eight months.
Sevan Nisanyan has constantly raised the Armenian Genocide issue in Turkey, and stood out by his fearless demeanor in the country.