SENATOR: FRENCH CONSTITUTIONAL COUNCIL TO CANCEL LAW ON ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

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Feb 8 2012
Azerbaijan


The French Constitutional Council will cancel the law envisaging a
criminal penalty for denying the "Armenian Genocide," French Senator
Jean-Claude Gaudin said, tje Aksam newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Gaudin does not rule out that the council may cancel the law.

French senators who do not agree with the adoption of the law appealed
to the Constitutional Council on Jan. 31 with a request to cancel it.

On Jan 23, after an eight-hour debate, the senate adopted the bill.

Some 127 senators voted in favour, 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.