Deliberation in Case Against Turkish Consul of France Underway; Verdict to Be Announced on November 15

PARIS–Lawyers representing the Armenian National Committee of France in its legal suit against Turkish Consul General Aydin Sezgin–presented their argument before a Paris court on October 11. After listening to the parties–the court decided to postpone the verdict to November 15.

"We are confident that the court will return with a favorable verdict," stated ANC France Chairman Harout Mardirossian–after sitting through the hearings. "Neither the opposing party–nor the public prosecutor contested the validity of the facts presented by our side."

On his personal webpage–the Turkish Consul General includes a copy of "Armenian Allegations and Historical Facts"–the Turkish government’s ten-point thesis–which denies the historical validity of the genocide perpetrated against the Ottoman-Armenia’s during World War I. After some deliberation–the ANC decided to bring the matter under the attention of the French courts.

Wanadoo France Telecom–the internet company that hosts Sezgin’s webpage–was also identified as a defendant in the suit. After refusing to suspend Sezgin’s site–the ANC moved to gain convictions against both the counsel general and the web hosting company for their respective roles in producing and distributing denialist propaganda.

"As French citizens–we are confident in the justice of our country," concluded Mardirossian.

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