European Court of Human Rights said the final word on controversial Perinçek case which has been going run and run for about ten years. Grand Chamber decided that Switzerland had violated Doğu Perinçek’s freedom of expression by a majority of 10 judges against 7.
Switzerland-Armenia Association, which filed the first criminal complaint against Perinçek, evaluted the ruling of ECHR to Agos:
Human rights activist and lawyer Eren Keskin has assessed the Perinçek v. Switzerland case heard at the European Court of Human Rights in a column piece for the Özgür Gündem newspaper. Keskin states that Perinçek’s words “cannot be construed within the scope of the freedom of expression”, and adds that they “clearly amount to an abetment to crime.”
The ‘Genocide Case’ hearing was held at the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights on January 28. A high number of politicians and civilian society leaders from Turkey, Armenia and the Diaspora were present in the courtroom. The case has also attracted interest from the international press since Amal Clooney represents Armenia. It could take up to a year for the reasoned decision in the case to be issued.