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Turkish politician loses first appeal against Swiss racism conviction, says lawyer

June 21st, 2007 by

An appeals court has confirmed the sentence against a Turkish politician convicted of racism for denying that the early 20th century killing of Armenians was genocide, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Laurent Moreillon said Dogu Perincek, the leader of the Turkish Workers’ Party, lost his first appeal at a court in the canton (state) of Vaud, where a lower tribunal in March convicted and ordered him to pay a fine of 3,000 Swiss francs (US$2,450; €1,870).

Perincek, who was also given a suspended penalty of 9,000 francs (US$7,360; €5,600) and ordered to pay 1,000 francs (US$820; €620) to an Armenian association, had repeatedly denied during a visit to Switzerland in 2005 that the World War I-era killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians amounted to genocide. [Read More]

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