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050725|AFP|Turkish politician quizzed by Swiss
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Turkish politician quizzed by Swiss over genocide remarks

ANKARA (AFP) - Swiss authorities questioned the leader of a minor left-wing Turkish party for saying that the killings of Armenians during World War I could not be classified as genocide, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. Dogu Perincek, the chairman of the Workers' Party (IP), was briefly detained late Saturday in the Swiss town of Winterthur where he was taking part in activities to mark the 82nd anniversary of the Lausanne Treaty, the founding accord of modern-day Turkey, the agency said. He was questioned by the city prosecutor for three-and-a-half hours before being released. Winterthur police spokesman Werner Benz was quoted by the agency as telling reporters that Perincek was questioned for saying «the Armenian genocide is an international lie,» a remark deemed to be racist under Swiss law.


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