Turkish diplomat's murderer released: reaction to release from US Secretary of State Blinken

Turkish diplomat’s murderer released: reaction to release from US Secretary of State Blinken


Los Angeles County Supreme Court, in 1982, killed by Armenian terrorists Turkey’s former Los Angeles Consul General Kemal Arikan was Hampig Sasunyan paved the way for the release of the murderer.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said they were “deeply disappointed” with the decision.

Reacting to the decision with a written statement, Blinken said that the United States advocated the highest punishment of assassinations of diplomats and opposed such parole.

Blinken offered his condolences to Arıkan’s family and his colleagues at the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Ankara also strongly condemned the decision.

In the statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was emphasized that the decision was not changed despite the American administration’s attempts to the contrary, and it was reminded that the release of the terrorist for political motives harmed the spirit of cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

Turkish diplomat Kemal Arıkan was martyred in Los Angeles on January 28, 1982 by the Armenian terrorists Hampig Sasunyan and Krikor Saliba. Sasunyan, who was captured, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Krikor Saliba, who escaped, was allegedly killed in the Lebanese civil war the same year.


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