State Department and Turkey condemn early release of Turkish consul’s killer

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State Department and Turkey condemn early release of Turkish consul's killer

Ethnic Armenian Hampig Sassounian was sentenced to imprisonment in 1984

The Armenian, who is serving time in a California prison for the murder of the Turkish consul general in Los Angeles in 1982, will be released on parole.

This decision drew criticism from the US State Department and the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Humpig “Harry” Sassounian is an ethnic Armenian who immigrated to the United States. In 1984, a court ruled that he shot and killed Turkish diplomat Kemal Arikan when he stopped at a traffic light in Los Angeles.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, in a statement, expressed “deep disappointment” over the parole decision.

“An attack on a diplomat is not only a grave crime against a specific person, but also an attack on diplomacy itself. In the interest of ensuring the safety of dedicated American diplomats around the world, the United States has long advocated that those who kill diplomats receive the maximum possible punishment and serve sentences without pardon or parole, ”Blinken said.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said that this decision “contradicts the universal principles of law and understanding of justice.”

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