French Constitutional Council repeals "Armenian genocide" law (UPDATE-3)

Politics Materials 28 February 2012 20:25 (UTC +04:00)

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Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb.28 /Trend A.Taghiyeva/

The Constitutional Court of France repealed a law criminalizing denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" on Tuesday, which was adopted by the country's Senate, SABAH and HABERTURK reported.

Relevant information has been posted on the official website of the Constitutional Council of France.

The Council justified it by the fact that the law contradicts Article 33 of the Constitution of France and freedom of speech.

On Jan 23, after an eight-hour debate, the Senate adopted the bill criminalizing denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide". Some 127 senators voted in favor, while 86 voted against.

The bill demands a year's imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euro for denying the so-called genocide.

Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that the predecessor of the Turkey - Ottoman Empire had committed the 1915 genocide against the Armenians living in Anadolu, and achieved recognition of the "Armenian Genocide" by the parliaments of several countries.