ATAA Remembers Victims of Armenian Terrorism
April 8, 1982 - Ottawa, Canada
Armenian gunmen open fire on Turkish Embassy Commercial Attaché, Mr. Kani Gungor, as he enters the garage of his apartment complex.
The following day Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) issues a statement, "We warn the Canadian authorities that any attempt to persecute the Armenian community in Canada will not pass without punishment." Mr. Gungor is left paralyzed by the shooting. Five Canadian Armenian Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) members - Nicholas Moumdjian, Haroutium Kevork, Haig Balian, Haig Karkhanian, and Melkon Karakhanian - are arrested.
Three are convicted. In 1986, the Canadian Security Intelligence Review Committee decides to deport Moumdjian, claiming that he conspired to assassinate Mr. Kani Gungor, that he had purchased items that could be used to make a bomb, and that he believed in the indiscriminate use of violence for political ends. Moumdjian immediately appealed the 1988 decision of the Security Committee to the Toronto Federal Court of Appeals.
Before the appeal process is completed, Moumdjian flees Canada, stating that he was going to Armenia as a part of a "humanitarian mission." It was last reported that Moumdjian had enrolled as a political science major at York University.
ATAA condemns these acts of violence against innocent individuals and remembers these tragedies with great sorrow and deliberation to bring the perpetrators and their supporters to justice.
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