Toy manufacturer Lego has denied claims by Austria's Turkish community that it is withdrawing one of its Star Wars products because of allegations it was riddled with racist stereotypes.

In January the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria took exception to Lego's "Jabba's Palace" featuring the slug-like arch-criminal from the bloc-busting film series.

The organisation claimed his palace resembled the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul and that the accompanying figures depicted Orientals and Asians as people with "deceitful and criminal personalities."

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