Today a Court in Almelo convicted the Chairman of the Turkish Azerbaijani Cultural Association in The Hague for inciting violence against Armenians. He is prosecuted for having chanted: “Karabakh will be the grave of the Armenians” during a Turkish rally in Almelo.
The court decided to convict the man with 120 hours of community service and one month of suspended imprisonment with a probation of 2 years. The prosecutor had demanded 80 hours of community service and a suspended imprisonment of 2 weeks with a probation of 2 years.
On 1 June 2014 a Turkish demonstration took place in Almelo, against the Genocide memorial erected on the churchyard of the Armenian Church in that city. The Armenian community, namely the Federation of Armenian Organisations in the Netherlands (FAON) and Dutch Armenian Committee for Justice and Democracy (Hay Tad) had filed a police report against the statements made during that demonstration and the decision was welcomed by them.
The Armenian National Committee of Cyprus also welcomed the decision by stating that “racist outbursts may exist and thrive elsewhere but they have no place in the European home”