ArmInfo.The Turkish-Azerbaijani Cultural Union in Hague leader Ilham Ashkyn is found guilty for inciting hatred and violence against Armenians.
According to the Netherlands Court decision, Ashkyn is sentence to 4 week imprisonment with 2 years probationary period and also to compulsory labor for 120 hours.
To note, on March 4, 2017, in the Dutch city of Almelo, a trial was held over the chairman of the Turkish- Azerbaijani cultural union in Hague, Ilham Ashkyn. He was accused of inciting hatred and violence against Armenians, as he stated during the Turkish rally that "Karabakh will become the grave of Armenians".
During the meeting arguments of defense and accusation were presented. The prosecutor detailed the progress of the investigation on the submitted case and the grounds for the requirements of the prosecutor's office. He demanded that the accused be punished with 80 hours of compulsory labor and two weeks of suspended prison with a two-year probationary period. The demand of the Prosecutor's Office also took into account the fact that Ashkyn did not show deep understanding and therefore there is a danger of a recurrence of the crime.
To note, Ashkyn was brought to trial on charges of inciting hatred and violence against Armenians. On June 1, 2014, a Turkish rally was organized against the establishment of the monument to the victims of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, on the territory of the Armenian Apostolic Church. In connection with the anti-Armenian statements made during the rally in Almelo, the Armenian organizations of Holland filed an appropriate complaint.