Swiss Drop Probe into Turkish Minister’s Genocide Denial

Egmen Bagis

ZURICH (Reuters)—Swiss prosecutors will drop a criminal probe against Turkey’s EU affairs minister, instigated after he denied Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenians, because he is protected by diplomatic immunity.

Zurich prosecutors began investigating Turkey EU Minister Egemen Bagis after comments he made at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, and also at a concert in Zurich. Swiss anti-racism legislation outlaws genocide denial.

Turkey summoned the Swiss ambassador in Ankara to complain after the investigation was launched.

“After consulting with the Swiss foreign ministry, the prosecutor has concluded that criminal charges against Egemen Bagis cannot be pursued because, as a Turkish EU minister, he enjoyed immunity during his entire stay in Switzerland,” the prosecutor said in a statement on Monday.

Swiss authorities have taken legal action against several people who have denied the Armenian Genocide. The most prominent case is the conviction of Turkish politician Dogu Perincek, who was fined 3,000 Swiss francs in 2007.

In January, the French Senate approved similar legislation, prompting an angry response from Turkey.

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10 Comments

  1. Levon said:

    Each time this clown opens his mouth, Europeans are reminded of how intolerant yokels from a backwater country like bagis can radicalize youth into believing xenophobic propaganda.

    • Just as I see it... said:

      Levon, it is ironic that what you refer to as “a backwater country,” seems to be enjoying the fastest and strongest growing economy in Europe…

  2. Gayane said:

    This clown should be prosecuted but as a coward, like any other of his countrymen, he hid behind diplomatic immunity BS… let’s see if he can open his ugly mouth when he is NOT under such protection..

  3. Hrant K. said:

    What would Egemen Bagis’ fate in CH be, had he not enjoyed Diplomatic Immunity?
    Doesn’t he look like a Cameleon waiting to eat a fly that might fly across his ugly disgusting
    inhuman face? And he can afterwards sweep his dirty lips with his bloody tie too…!!!

    • Just as I see it... said:

      Hrant, seems you’ve “personal” issues with the FM eh?!

  4. Ani said:

    Bagis is the spitting image of a troll. He will certainly get what he deserves, God willing.

  5. hayko yesilkoyluian said:

    Money Talks If he were get a punishment by swiss turkish billionaires back to their moneys from swiss bank to Turkey switzerland can not afford that money lovers nation swiss shows again real face when it became democracy hard to trust nations

  6. Ohannes said:

    What’s really weird is that I had a Turkey with Swiss sandwich for lunch today, and now this article. Next time I’m getting it with Russian dressing so that there are no problems.

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