California parole board denies parole to Armenian terrorist, Hampig “Harry” Sassounian

The California Department of Corrections Parole Board denied Hampig Sassounian release on parole.

California parole board denies parole to Armenian terrorist, Hampig “Harry” Sassounian

 

Hampig Sassounian
Hampig Sassounian
Armenian Justice Commandos Assassin

 

The California Department of Corrections Parole Board denied Hampig Sassounian release on parole.

Sassounian, Inmate C88440, 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) Armenian political party, claimed responsibility.

 

Kemal Arikan
Kemal Arikan
Turkish Consul General to Los Angeles
Assassinated January 28, 1982

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: Sirhan Sirhan who assassinated Robert F. Kennedy and Jang In-hwan who assassinated American diplomat Durham Stevens. This was Inmate Sassounian’s third parole hearing in ten years. His next parole hearing is scheduled for July 2016.The Turkish Republic appeared at the Parole Hearing, represented by David Saltzman of firm of Saltzman & Evinch.

ATAA: Sassounian Lacks Remorse

As in the prior two parole hearings, the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) also appeared at the July 3 parole hearing, submitting a Statement in Opposition to Parole. Similarly, ATAA had appeared at the Criminal Sentencing Hearing of Mourad Topalian, former Chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America, on weapons and explosives charges the federal authorities linked to at least four terror attacks by the Justice Commandos on American soil.ATAA’s Statement was submitted by Southwestern Regional Vice President Maria Cakiraga. The 13-page statement, which was supported by evidentiary documents and a detailed report on Armenian terrorism and violent extremism, read in pertinent part:

Sassounian lacks genuine remorse for his crime. 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 and 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.

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