Supreme Court General Judicial Assembly decreed for opening a court case against writer Orhan Pamuk, laureate of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The author faces a fine of 36,000 TL (16,655 €) in compensation because of the following statement he made during an interview published in Switzerland in February 2005: "On this ground 30,000 Kurds and 1 million Armenians were killed".
Pamuk was awarded the symbolic "Grand Medal" by Paris Municipality Mayor Bertrand Delanoe on 6 October. Pamuk said in the ceremony: "I am receiving this medal also on behalf of the city of Istanbul where I live". In Turkey Pamuk was just saved from a prison sentence. However, for his ideas he has been trialed for compensation for 4 years now.