3 Turks convicted of denying Armenian genocide

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The Turkish men, who denied the killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule as genocide, have been convicted of racism and fine CHF 4,500 each.

22 October 2008

WINTERTHUR - A Swiss court convicted three Turkish men of racism Tuesday for denying that the deaths of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Armenians under Ottoman rule during the early 20th century amounted to genocide.

State prosecutor Andrej Gnehm said the 58-, 53- and 42-year-old men have been ordered to each pay up to CHF 4,500. The defendants were not identified in the ruling because of privacy laws.

Gnehm said the men helped organise an event in Switzerland last year during which Dogu Perincek, the leader of the Turkish Workers' Party, denied the killing of Armenians was genocide. A Swiss court convicted him of racism and fined him.

None of the defendants received jail sentences.

The case has caused diplomatic tension between Switzerland and Turkey.

Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed in 1915-18 in Ottoman Turkey in what is widely regarded as the first genocide of the 20th century. About 20 parliaments have passed resolutions to this effect.

Turkey denies any genocide, saying the death toll has been inflated and the dead were victims of civil war and unrest.

[AP / Expatica]

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