Swiss Court Finds Turks Guilty for Denying Genocide

GENEVA (AFP)–A Swiss court on Tuesday ruled that three Turks were guilty of racial discrimination after having claimed that the Armenian genocide was an "international lie."

Ali Mercan, the Europe-based representative of the Party of Turkish Workers, was sentenced to pay a fine of 4,500 Swiss fran’s ($3,900) by the district tribunal of Winterthur.

Two others were ordered to pay 3,600 Swiss fran’s each for complicity in the racial discrimination.

During a demonstration in June last year, Mercan had denied that the Armenian genocide had taken place. The other two Turks were co-organizers of the demonstration.

All three said during the court case that they were ready "at any time" to organize a new demonstration and to take the same line.

In April, Armenia’s president vowed to redouble efforts to have mass killings of Armenia’s during the Ottoman Empire recognized as genocide, a label staunchly rejected by Turkey.


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