Hurriyet, Turkey
Jan 4 2012

French businessman starts fund to pay 'genocide' fines


A French businessman started a fund for 1 million euros to pay for
future fines of people denying Armenian claims of genocide in France,
HÃ?¼rriyet reported.

RaÃ...?id Nekkaz, a French citizen of Algerian descent, offered to pay for
the fines that will be inflicted on those who deny the 1915 events
amounted to genocide if the motion becomes law this month by the
Senate's vote.

Nekkaz said Turkey was being punished for being an Islamic country and
the new law targeted Islam as well. He had previously offered to pay
for fines inflicted on women wearing veils after the French law banned
them to do so in public.

A Sorbonne graduate, Nekkaz made his fortune through online trade and
has become one of the richest people in France. He now considers
running for presidency as well.

The bill will be voted on sometime this month in the French Senate. If
it passes, anyone publicly denying the Armenian claims of genocide
will be sentenced to a year in prison and a 45,000 euro ($60,000)


From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress