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Urge California Governor Jerry Brown to Deny Parole to Terrorist Hampig Sassounian

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Dear Turkish American Community and Friends of Turkey:

On December 14, the California Department of Corrections Parole Board found inmate Hampig Sassounian, # C88440 suitable for parole. Hampig Sassounian was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment for the heinous assassination of Turkish Consul General Kemal Arikan on January 28, 1982, as Mr. Arikan was in his car waiting at a traffic signal. Sassounian shot Mr. Arikan 14 times in the chest and head. The Justice Commandos of the Armenian Genocide (JCAG), the militant wing of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) claimed responsibility.

Sassounian entered prison on June 29, 1984. He is at San Quentin Prison, which is a maximum security facility where notable assassins have been inmates, such as Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated Robert F. Kennedy and Jang In-hwan, who assassinated American diplomat Durham Stevens. Sassounian's previous parole requests had been denied because of his violent extremism in advocating the Armenian allegation of genocide, which poses a public safety risk.

Under California law, Governor Brown has the ability to stop Sassounian's release on parole.

Suggested Readings:

ATAA Report on Armenian Terrorism and Hampig Sassounian

Speech by Lael Rubin, Prosecutor in Sassounian Trial

CIA, FOIA act file: Armenian Terrorism Report

Turkish Diplomat is Slain on Coast


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