Ozic is also a senior official of the Free Society Party (Free Party). He was sentenced to a year in prison because of a program he aired on February 24, 2003 when the Turkish government asked authorization from the parliament to send Turkish troops to Iraq and to let U.S. troops into Turkey.
He was charged with "insulting the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM) at a local court.
Prosecutor Erten Tamoglu had said that Ozic had insulted the TBMM by saying "TBMM is terrorist," and asked for the court to convict him.
Ozic's lawyer did not accept the accusation.
He said Ozic had said, "This parliament is terrorist," but added that the sentence continued as, "if they approve the Iraq motion."
He added the motion was not approved by the parliament.
In his program called "Captain's Journal," Ozic underlined that an intervention in Iraq would not be legitimate, and like every illegitimate action, it would amount to a terrorist action.
Ozic also added that Turkey's President Ahmet Necdet Sezer had also advocated that an intervention in Iraq would not be legitimate without a U.N. mandate. (EO/BB/EA/NM)
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