Turkish Supporters and Journalists Denied Entry to Perincek Trial

(Combined Sources)–A large contingency of supporters who left Turkey two days ago to attend the trial of Dogu Perincek were not allowed in the courtroom by Swiss authorities on the first day of that hearing. Perincek has been charged by Swiss prosecutors with publicly denying the Armenian Genocide; his trial began on Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland. Turkish journalists were also barred from entering the courthouse because they lacked written accreditation. During a 2005 speech in Lausanne, Perincek called the Armenian Genocide "an international lie." A 1995 Swiss law bars denying, belittling or justifying any genocide. A verdict is expected Friday. If found guilty, Perincek would become the first person to be convicted under the law. Twelve Turks were acquitted of similar charges in 2001. In statemen’s made earlier this week to the Swiss newspaper "Le Matin," Perincek asserted that he would provide several documen’s in court to prove that what happened [to Armenia’s] in Turkey during those years was not genocide.

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