Greek education minister sued over genocide comment

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The Supreme Court prosecutor’s office on Monday submitted to Parliament two lawsuits filed against Greek Education Minister Nikos Filis in connection with controversial comments regarding the 1914-23 genocide of Black Sea Greeks.

Lawmakers will review the suits to determine whether Filis should be prosecuted under a 2014 law cracking down on xenophobia and racism.

The suits were filed by New Democracy cadre and lawyer Failos Kranidiotis, and a high-ranking navy officer, Panayiotis Stamatis.

Speaking on a TV show early last month, Filis said that the slaughter of tens of thousands of Black Sea, or Pontic, Greeks by Turks was a case of ethnic cleansing rather than genocide.

His comments prompted several protest rallies by members of the Pontic community. Greece recognized the genocide in 1994.