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#1 MosJan

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Posted 16 March 2002 - 10:55 AM

Judge Orders DA To Provide Witness List
LOS ANGELES—During a hearing Friday on the Sassounian special circumstance retrial case, presiding judge Robert Perry ordered the prosecution to provide a list of witnesses by April 3 that could back the "national origin" claim, on which the district attorney is opting to build its case.

The prosecution proposed to introduce experts who will attempt to prove that the crime for which Hampig Sassounian is serving a life sentence was prompted by the national origin of the victim.

Sassounian is serving a life sentence for the alleged murder of Turkey's Consul General to Los Angeles Kemal Arikan in 1981.

In 2000, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Sassounian's special circumstance, citing irregularities with the prosecution's case at the time of the trial. This ruling provided Sassounian with the opportunity to seek parole.

In September 2001, however, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley opted to retry the special circumstance portion of the case, awakening a 20-year-old case, a move that experts and critics are saying was motivated by the Sept. 11 attacks on the US.

Sassounian attorney Mark Geragos told Asbarez Friday that judge Perry has given Deputy District Attorney Gregory Dohi until April 3 to file his list of "junk science" witnesses as they are called. Geragos will have an opportunity to file his own motion based on the prosecution's list by April 22.

Judge Perry set a May 10 hearing date, at which time he will determine whether the witnesses on the DA's list will be called or not.

"The community needs to come together with me to address the proposed testimony," said Geragos called on the community to become more actively involved in the case.

On February 22, the Sassounian Defense Committee organized a successful fund-raising event, during which more than $70,000 was raised for the defense efforts.

The committee, which has been working diligently since the onset of the case, commended the community for its continuous assistance and urged the community come together and ensure that this case will yield the desired outcome for Sassounian.



2. ARS Elects New Central Executive Board
ATHENS—At the conclusion of its 67th International Convention, the Armenian Relief Society Inc., members elected a new Central Executive Board, which is mandated to lead the organization for the next three years.

A nine-person board was elected composed of the following members: Maro Minassian (Boston), Marguerite Stepanian (Providence, RI), Mayda Garabedian (Philadelphia), Hasmig Derderian (Pasadena), Anahid Meymarian (San Fernando Valley), Houri Nadjarian (Canada), Alvart Petrossian (Armenia), Helen Merdjanian (France) and Silva Moutafyan-Kahtalian (Brazil).

Per the ARS by-laws, alternates are also elected, in the event that one or more members of the elected board cannot complete their term.

The following ARS members were elected as alternates: Sandra Vartanian (Eastern US), Sona Peltekian (Western US), Maro Froundjian (Canada), Karine Hovanesyan (Armenia), Lucy Shangyan (Europe) and Isabelle Atarian (South America).

The four-day meeting was the venue for discussion and planning of the ARS International's upcoming programs and projects and was participated by delegates representing 23 ARS regions around the world.

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Posted 16 March 2002 - 11:24 AM

Kemal Arikan was no mild-mannered American Turkish businessman or professional quietly going about his business, but an active representative of the Turkish government which is using every diplomatic manoeuver to bury any mention of the Genocide. No Armenian has ever physically attacked the most prominent Turkish-American Ahmet Ertegun, whose father, the Turkish ambassador worked feverishly in 1935 to stop the production of "The Forty Days of Musa Dagh" a movie based upon the novel written by a German Jew, Franz Werfel. Ertegun was even the main impetus in making part-Armenian Cher the entertainment icon she is today. Our problem is not with individual Turks but with the "BIG LIE" of the Turkish establishment.

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Posted 29 January 2020 - 01:04 PM

On December 29 a California court ordered the conditional release of Sassounian. And on January 27, 2020, despite Turkey's exhortations and statements, a decision was made to release Hampig Sassounian.


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