Wednesday 25 April 2018 Last Update: 08:16 PM

Urge California Governor Jerry Brown to Deny Parole to Terrorist Hampig Sassounian

Published: 12-21-2016

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 send letters, faxes, and emails to Governor Brown in order to urge him to stop the parole.

Please communicate to Governor Brown and his Staff today and get your voice heard!

Governor Jerry Brown  

Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160 Email:
Web contact:

Executive Secretary Nancy McFadden

Legal Counsel Peter Krause

2- ATAA Report on Armenian Terrorism and JCAG Terrorist Hampig Sassounian:
3- CIA, FOIA act file: Armenian Terrorism Report: