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#1 MosJan

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 12:35 PM


LAWSUIT AGAINST TURKISH GOVERNMENT
  • Armenian-Americans have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against the Turkish government.

    Attorneys say heirs of Armenians killed and driven out of Turkey in 1915 are entitled to billions of dollars for property seized from their ancestors. They are seeking class-action status for the case filed Thursday, AP reported.

    Attorneys say the case is the first Armenian lawsuit directly naming the Turkish government as a defendant. Also named are the Central Bank of Turkey and T.C., Ziraat Bankasi. E-mails to both banks were not immediately returned.

    The lawsuit says the property taken includes businesses, bank deposits and vast amounts of land.

    According to Hurriyet Daily, the new lawsuit was filed on behalf of plaintiffs Garbis Davouyan of Los Angeles and Hrayr Turabian of Queens, New York, stating a breach of statutory trust, unjust enrichment, human-rights violations and violations of international law. The case seeks compensation for land, buildings and businesses seized from Armenians, along with bank deposits and property, including religious and other artifacts, some of which are now housed in museums in Turkey.

    The lawsuit claims the government of Turkey agreed to administer the property, collecting rents and sale proceeds from the seized assets and depositing the receipts in trust accounts until the property could be restored to owners.

    Instead, the government has "withheld the property and any income derived from such property," the lawsuit said.


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Posted 02 August 2010 - 12:42 PM

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 03:43 PM

Dejavu=already seen??
Please pardon me. I don’t mean to make light of the subject.
But……
Caution, this post stinks. :o
Like those in ankakara give a :oops: crap!!!

Edited by Arpa, 03 August 2010 - 03:35 AM.


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Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:50 AM


Ankara is seriously frightened of lawsuit filed by heirs of Armenian Genocide victims
August 3, 2010 - 13:46 AMT Posted Image 08:46 GMTPanARMENIAN.Net - Turkologist Artak Shakaryan said that the lawsuit filed against the Turkish government in the U.S. may become a serious precedent in the struggle for provision of contribution for the Armenian people’s losses.

Lawyers of the heirs of the Armenian Genocide victims should focus on the fact that Turkey has not fulfilled provisions of the Treaty of Lausanne, under which it was obliged to return the property of subjects of the Ottoman Empire, Shakaryan told a press conference in Yerevan.

“Though the U.S. cannot make Turkey answerable, nevertheless, a U.S. court may rule that Turkey has violated international law,” noted Shakaryan, adding that Turkey is seriously frightened of the lawsuit launch and did not expect the Armenian Diaspora to take certain steps.

Armenian-American lawyers filed a federal lawsuit on July 29 against the Turkish government and two banks seeking compensation for the heirs of Armenians whose property was seized nearly a century ago as they were driven from the Turkish Ottoman Empire.



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Posted 04 August 2010 - 07:31 AM

Armenians Seek Billions of Dollars In Lawsuit Against Turkey
[ 2010/08/04 | 11:01 ] society politics
By Harut Sassounian

After struggling for decades to get the Armenian Genocide recognized, and having taken legal action against western banks and insurance companies, Armenian-Americans filed their first lawsuit against the Republic of Turkey last week, seeking compensation for confiscated properties and belongings, and loss of income as a consequence of the Genocide of 1915-23.
The lawsuit also targets the Central Bank of Turkey and the Ziraat Bank as financial instruments of the Turkish government. These banks as well as government-owned Turkish Airlines and Tourism Office have branches in the United States, making them subject to American jurisdiction for the purposes of this lawsuit. Should this case succeed, the plaintiffs’ attorneys could demand the seizure of Turkish governmental assets located in the United States.
The multi-billion dollar class action lawsuit was filed in U.S. Federal Court by attorneys Berj Boyajian, Mark Geragos, Ara Jabagchourian, and Brian Kabateck on behalf of Garbis Davoyan of Los Angeles, Hrayr Turabian of New York City, and many Armenians whose ancestors had properties in Turkey. The grandfathers of Davoyan and Turabian owned land near Aintab and Adana.
The complaint charges the Republic of Turkey and its predecessor of confiscating, selling and deriving income from real estate and personal property — businesses, buildings, lands, bank deposits, and priceless religious artifacts now housed in Turkish museums — owned by hundreds of thousands of Armenians who were deported and exterminated during the Genocide. Specifically, the lawsuit seeks to recover moneys wrongfully received and deposited in the Turkish Treasury, government agencies, and other organizations affiliated with the State of Turkey.
During and after World War I, Turkey adopted several laws regulating the administration of properties allegedly “abandoned” by Armenians. The Turkish government collected rents and sale proceeds from these properties, and deposited the receipts in its Treasury in the names of their original owners, to be returned to them subsequently. Instead, the government withheld these properties and the income derived from them.
The plaintiffs accuse the Republic of Turkey of directing and participating “in a deliberate plan of forced deportation, confiscation and extermination in furtherance of the commission of war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes against peace, torture, rape, starvation, physical and mental abuse, summary execution and genocide.”
The news of the lawsuit was splashed across the front pages of most Turkish newspapers last week, causing great agitation in the country. Independently of the lawsuit’s outcome, Turkish officials are certainly aware that it would generate worldwide publicity on Armenian demands from Turkey emanating from the Genocide. Given the traditional Turkish over-reaction to any and all Armenian issues, it would not be surprising if Turkey’s leaders would become so irate as to withdraw their signature from the already frozen Armenia-Turkey Protocols. Also, Ankara could abandon its failed efforts to woo some elements of the Armenian Diaspora.
Imagine how furious would Turkish officials become when Armenians demand the return of Turkey’s Presidential Palace in Ankara, located on land confiscated from the Kassabian family. Furthermore, the Incirlik Air Base, a joint American-Turkish military facility near Adana, is built on the land of a former Armenian village. Armenians could sue both the Turkish and U.S. governments for deriving benefits from the expropriated properties of Armenian peasants.
Last week’s lawsuit is a long overdue step forward in the pursuit of Armenian demands from Turkey and obtaining justice for the victims of the Armenian Genocide. Armenians must now concentrate their efforts on demanding fair compensation or return of all they lost during the Genocide. Similar lawsuits should be filed with the European Court of Human Rights, since Turkey is a member of the European Council and is obligated to comply with the court’s verdict.

It would be highly desirable to have the Armenian Bar Association or a similar entity coordinate such legal action and provide the necessary counsel and resources for future lawsuits. It is important to coordinate such actions with the government of Armenia, regardless of whether it formally joins in the lawsuit. The unified Diaspora structure, proposed in an earlier column, could well serve as a coordinating body for lawsuits dealing with pan-Armenian issues.

Such lawsuits must be filed with utmost care, preparation and professionalism, as they impact the entire Armenian nation. Should any of these lawsuits not move forward due to procedural reasons, the Turkish government would quickly claim victory by misrepresenting the court’s decision. Needless to say, judges handling such politically sensitive cases involving foreign governments are expected to come under intense pressure from both Ankara and Washington!
After seeking genocide recognition for almost a century, Armenians must now devote their time and energy to pursue all legal avenues — U.S. Federal Courts, courts in various countries including Turkey, the European Court of Human Rights, and the World Court in order to recoup their massive losses and regain their historic rights.
Justice delayed is justice denied!

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 08:25 AM

A quote from above by Harut Sassounian;

During and after World War I, Turkey adopted several laws regulating the administration of properties allegedly “abandoned” by Armenians. The Turkish government collected rents and sale proceeds from these properties, and deposited the receipts in its Treasury in the names of their original owners, to be returned to them subsequently. Instead, the government withheld these properties and the income derived from them.

Often we compare the Genocide and the Holocaust. They are similar in many ways, except that Germany was defeated, not only once but twice in the 20th century, whereas the whores of ankaka made turnabout face during both WW-s and ended up on the side of the victors, blew smoke in the eyes of the Allies, (so, what else is new?) specially as perceived as a bulwark against the USSR.
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A relatively new acronym and a defined syndrome;

PTSD-Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you've seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death.

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I know a survivor of the Holocaust from Austria, who not only to this day draws rental money for a building they had owned in Vienna, they claim that the wife, a survivor suffers from PTSD , and they submit “doctored” medical and drug bills to Berlin and get compensation for every penny. I mean “doctored” since she has not seen a doctor , neither has she purchased prescriptions in many years.
Is it because we have only a handful of lawyers when 99% of those others practice that profession which is only second to the “oldest profession”?**
OK! I’ll stop here before I use bad words!!
**Hi Gamavor!! :) :P

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Posted 09 December 2017 - 11:31 AM

Pan Armenian, Armenia
Dec 8 2017
 
 
Turkey’s Incirlik base built on lands belonging to Armenians: clergy

Turkey’s Incirlik military base was built on the territory that belong to the Armenians prior to the Genocide, President of the National Council of Churches Archbishop Vicken Aykazian said at a conference on religious freedom in Washington, DC.

According to him, the Turkish base also hosts American warplanes and personnel.

“We have never been just a minority in the country (Turkey), we are the indigenous people of Constantinople and Asia Minor,” the Voice of America cited Aykazian as saying.

According to him, there were more than 2600 Armenian churches and monasteries in Western Armenia prior to the Genocide, while today only the church in Aghtamar island operates one day each year.

“During the past 10 years, we have tried to get in contact with the Turkish authorities, but to no avail,” said the archbishop.

http://panarmenian.n...eng/news/249676






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