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050725|Turks.us|Swiss authorities have questioned Perincek
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InternationalSwiss authorities have questioned Dogu Perincek, leader of the Workers' Party (IP), a minor left-wing Turkish party, for saying that the killings of Armenians during World War I could not be classified as genocide.

Perincek was detained in the Swiss town of Winterthur during a celebration to mark the 82nd anniversary of Lausanne Treaty, the founding accord of modern-day Turkey. He was released after being questioned for three-and-a-half hours by the city prosecutor, reported the Anatolian news agency.

Perincek was detained said the Winterhur police for saying, "The Armenian genocide is an international lie," a remark which was deemed to be racist under Swiss law.

"This assertion contravenes anti-racism norms and constitutes a crime under Swiss law," a Zurich police official said.

Perincek is no new-comer to advocating controversy over the Armenian issue. It was only recently, mid-Jul, that a complaint had been filed by the Swiss-Armenian Association, a result of a speech that was given in May where he claimed that no genocide had ever taken place.

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