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Calling someone 'foreign pig' not racist, rules Swiss court

Published on Feb 21, 2014 9:11 PM

GENEVA (AFP) - Calling someone a "foreign pig" or "dirty asylum-seeker" is insulting but is not against Switzerland's anti-racism law, the Alpine country's top court said in a ruling released on Friday.

The Federal Tribunal found in favour of a police officer who had used the slurs when he arrested an Algerian suspected thief.

The incident took place at a trade fair in the northern city of Basel in April 2007, where the Algerian was detained for allegedly snatching a Russian man's bag.

After checking the suspect's identity papers, the policeman discovered that he was an asylum-seeker and proceed to insult him.

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