Urge California Governor Jerry Brown to Deny Parole to Terrorist
Dear Turkish American Community and Friends of Turkey:
On 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.
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, 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.
Under California law, Governor Brown has the ability to stop Sassounian’s
release on parole.
Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) is urging all Turkish
Americans and friends of Turkey to sign petition to urge Governor Brown
to stop the parole.