Thursday, January 29, 2009

Turkish TV actor faces war crimes charges

By Nicholas Birch in Istanbul
Thursday, 29 January 2009

A Turkish actor known as "the tough wolf" for his portrayal of a gangster is facing real-life war-crimes charges after admitting that he killed a prisoner of war during the Cypriot intercommunal violence of 1974.

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Justice is on the horizon for Cyprus, as a TV star whose role on a nationalistic television show maybe changing his stardom for pinstripes. Attila Olgac's confessed he committed war crimes during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 on a Turkish talk show.

"The first kid I shot was a 19-year-old prisoner. His hands were tied behind his back. When I pointed my gun at him, he spat in my face. I shot him in the forehead."

One can imagine the scene, a young Hellenic patriot. His hands bound and force to his knees. Staring at the barrel of a gun, being held by a man whose ancestors had butchered his ancestors. Defiant to the bloody end, spatting in the face of your oppressor before meeting your end, a bullet in the forehead.

May Attila Olgac hang until he is dead, dead, dead.