Petition to Deny Parole to Armenian Terrorist Hampig Sassounian (CDC# C88440)

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Board of Parole Hearings
Sacramento, CA 95812-4036

Re: Inmate Hampig Sassounian,
CDC# C88440
Date of Hearing: Friday, June 29, 2018

Dear Chairman and Parole Board Members,

We the undersigned hereby petition the Honorable Commissioners of the Board of Parole Hearings to deny parole for Hampig Sassounian (CDC# C88440), currently serving life imprisonment for the heinous assassination of Turkish Consul General Kemal Arikan, either now or in the future.

On January 28, 1982, inmate Sassounian shot Mr. Arikan 14 times in the chest and head as Mr. Arikan was in his car waiting at a traffic signal. Sassounian was arrested shortly thereafter. Sassounian's father declared on national news, "I am glad a Turk was killed."

Armenian terrorist organization, the Justice Commandos of the Armenian Genocide (JCAG), the militant wing of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), claimed responsibility.

Mr. Arikan was the third Turkish diplomat to be slain in the US, and the twentieth Turkish diplomat or family member, up until that time, to be murdered throughout the world since 1973 by Armenian terrorists. The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) is responsible for over 50 terrorist attacks against Turkish diplomats in North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Armenian terrorism, particularly the heinous murder committed by Hampig Sassounian, continues to terrorize the Turkish American community. Turkish Americans feel at great risk when speaking and writing in opposition to the allegation that the Ottoman Armenian tragedy of 1915 constitutes the crime genocide.

The Turkish American Community is exceptionally alarmed by the legitimacy and sponsorship Armenian terrorism has gained from within the Armenian community, and in particular by Armenian youth. ARF and ANCA, as well as their youth branches such as the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF), have taken a lead role in sustaining this legitimacy, having never condemned, denounced, or made any adverse statements against Armenian terrorism. This effort at legitimacy is compounded by the fact that Hampig Sassounian has never expressed genuine remorse for his crime or sought atonement. He is still regarded as an influential figure among some Armenians and perversely is regarded as a hero for his hate crime and murder. He remains as the last incarcerated Armenian terrorist anywhere in the world from the wave of violence against Turkish American people and diplomats.

In the Armenian military’s Hay Zinvor magazine, Sassounian wrote: “I am the soldier of the Motherland until death; my Armenian blood taught me this.” His lengthy diatribe in Hay Zinvor, Sassounian shows how he sees the killing of Mr. Arikan and his incarceration as a part of a larger mission to give a message that the use of violence is justified, that after his release from prison he will continue to use violence, and that this is all about justice for himself and the Armenian Cause, not justice for the family of Mr. Arikan. Sassounian concludes, “The way for justice is long, and I will pass it with self-sacrificing, devotion, patience.”

In stark contrast, he has incited Armenian youth to continue the fight. In the end, Sassounian was raised by this network of Armenian terrorist organizations, which he now perpetuates. Part of that upbringing is not to feel remorse, but to carry on as if violence is a legitimate and moral response to what is at its core an historical disagreement.

It is inconceivable to think that Inmate Sassounian, now serving life in prison, could actually be released into society to again endanger the public or fuel Armenian terror networks.

Considering the gravity, special circumstances and aggravating facts of Inmate Sassounian’s crimes, a clear danger to public safety continues to exist in granting his parole. Inmate Sassounian remains a serious threat to Turkish American community, the Arikan family, and the City of Los Angeles.

We respectfully urge that Inmate Sassounian be denied parole and that he remain incarcerated to serve out the remainder of his "life" sentence as prescribed by law.

Thank you for your time and any consideration in this matter.

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