Turkish American Community and Friends of Turkey:
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.
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.
California law, Governor Brown has the ability to stop Sassounian’s release on