The Appeal court in Zwolle reaffirmed the decision of court of first instance in case of the chair of the Turkish-Azerbaijani Cultural Association Ilhan Askin, Chairman of Federation of Armenian Organisations in The Netherland (FAON) and Chairman of Abovian Cultural Association in The Hague Mato Hakhverdian tweeted.
The #Appeal court in #Zwolle reaffirmed the decision of #court of first instance in case Askin for chanting Karabakh will be the grave of #Armenians - 120 h community service and 1 month suspended imprisonment— Mato Hakhverdian (@matohak) November 14, 2018
As reported earlier, on March 17, a Dutch court sentenced the chair of the Turkish-Azerbaijani Cultural Association of the Hague, Ilhan Askin, to a month of probation and 120 hours of community service. He was held accountable for anti-Armenian statements, as on June 1, 2014, during his speech at a rally in the Turkish city of Almelo, he stated that "Karabakh will be the grave of Armenians."
After his statement, the Armenian community of Holland filed a lawsuit in 2014 demanding to launch a criminal case. In October 2016, the prosecutor's office in The Hague decided to initiate a criminal case against Askin, based on the relevant lawsuit of the Armenian community.