Erdogan attackers get one year, one month in prison; ANCA condemns mild punishment

08:59 • 06.04.18



Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Executive Director Aram Hamparian, a witness to the May 16, 2017, Recep Tayyip Erdogan-ordered attacks on peaceful protesters in Washington, DC, sharply criticized a Washington DC Superior Court ruling Thursday which gave light sentences to two of the Turkish American attackers.


They had initially been charged with hate crimes and other violations and faced up to 15 years of incarceration.


Eyup Yildirim and Sinan Narin received sentences of one year and one day in prison, with credit for time served; three years of supervised release; and a fine of $100 each, the Armenian Weekly reports.


“This decision should worry every American,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian.  “Today’s light sentences—on top of the Administration dropping most charges and failing to seek any extraditions of Erdogan’s bodyguards – threatens to chill the free exercise of the First Amendment rights of Americans of Armenian or any other heritage to protest the actions of a foreign government.”


“As Americans, it’s our right to raise our voices on any issue – foreign or domestic – free from fear of violent attack, and confident that those who violate our rights will be brought to justice. Sadly, that has not been the case in response to Erdogan’s open export of his regime’s violence to the streets of Washington, DC.  This backwards “Turkey First” approach defends foreign attackers instead of protecting American freedoms,” concluded Hamparian.


Hamparian and representatives of the ANCA and the Armenian Legal Center for Justice and Human Rights (ALC) were on hand at District of Columbia Superior Court when Judge Marisa Demeo announced the ruling for Yildirim and Narin, two of the 19 perpetrators indicted for the brutal beatings, which included 15 members of Turkish President Erdogan’s security detail, and two Canadians, who have reportedly since repatriated to Turkey. All 19 defendants were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit a crime of violence, with a bias crime enhancement—charges of hate crimes—which carry a maximum 15 years prison sentence. The court decision overlooked hate-crimes component of the charges, which have been reduced to one charge of assault.


Judge Demeo’s decision came despite powerful community impact and victim impact statements offered by the ALC’s Kate Nahapetian and several of the targets of the attacks including Ms. Lusik Usoyan, Founder and President of the Ezidi Relief Fund and Mr Murat Yusa, a local businessman and protest organizer, and Abbas Azzizi.  Yildirim was videotaped kicking Yusa in the head and face multiple times while he was on the ground in a prone position resulting in a concussion, a broken tooth, two loose teeth and head laceration that required five stitches.  Usoyan was knocked unconscious by Narin and others during the attack, leading to a concussion, memory loss, and dizziness which required repeated visits to the hospital for treatment.  Usoyan, Yusa and Azzizi were allowed to make oral statements to court in addition written statements.


“The case against Sinan Narin and Eyup Yildirim is not just about a violent assault, which on its own should merit severe punishment, but it is a case closely associated with a coordinated assault by foreign government security forces on the bodies of our citizens and on our foundational principles of free assembly and speech,” stated ALC Executive Director Kate Nahapetian.  “The world is watching. But more importantly, the people of America are watching, the police who had to risk their lives protecting women and children from Narin and Yildirim and unhinged armed foreign security personnel are watching, the protesters who were severely bloodied, beaten and suffered lasting physical injuries and emotional trauma are watching, and Armenian Americans who will be protesting Turkey’s state-sponsored denial of the Armenian Genocide in just a few weeks on April 24, are watching to see, if they will be safe in DC.”




 





Загрузка...

LATEST NEWSAll Today news

18:12 • 20/11

Turkey discusses Khashoggi murder with UN's Guterres

17:47 • 20/11

Intensively developing cooperation with Iran in Armenia’s interests – Nikol Pashinyan  

17:12 • 20/11

Martin Scorsese reunites with Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harvey Keitel and Jonah Hill at Moma gala  

17:01 • 20/11

Real Madrid offer to sanction Juventus transfer for Navas

16:56 • 20/11

Wrong Google Map directions leave young woman stranded in Arizona desert 

16:46 • 20/11

PNG police officers attack parliament in APEC pay dispute

16:23 • 20/11

Ombudsman’s representatives visit soldiers in central military clinic

16:00 • 20/11

Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde host lavish state banquet for French President and wife 

15:48 • 20/11

106-year-old grandmother is beaten to death while sleeping inside her humble Brazilian home  

14:24 • 20/11

Post-revolutionary period boosted job creation in Armenia, says acting PM

13:12 • 20/11

New generation currency series to go into circulation on Nov. 22 (photos)

12:08 • 20/11

Pre-electoral processes ‘centered around one single person’ in Armenia  

11:15 • 20/11

Iran ‘will thrive’ despite US sanctions  

10:55 • 20/11

Apple suppliers suffer with uncertainty around iPhone demand

10:47 • 20/11

After Khashoggi murder, some Saudi royals ‘turn against’ king’s favorite son

10:38 • 20/11

Deadly explosion hits residential building in Azerbaijani town

10:30 • 20/11

Top Armenian national security official to attend CIS summit in Moscow

10:01 • 20/11

Armenian organizations in Western US call for generous contribution to All Armenian Fund

09:33 • 20/11

Chicago hospital shooting: 4 reported killed, including police officer

09:17 • 20/11

Saudi crown prince ‘to attend G20 summit’ in Argentina

17:53 • 19/11

Khashoggi murder: Saudi journalist ‘was forced’ to send message to son

17:39 • 19/11

New wasteland development project ‘under implementation’ in Yerevan

17:07 • 19/11

Amazing simulation gives viewers virtual tour of the violent black hole at the centre of galaxy

16:26 • 19/11

Increase in tax burden ‘ruled out’ without public consent

15:45 • 19/11

Amber Heard leaves little to imagination in glittering mini dress with very risqué cut-out at Aquaman photocall in Beijing

15:31 • 19/11

Hollywood confirms Ghostbusters 3 project ‘is on the way’

15:20 • 19/11

Wenger: Managers will be robots and social media will make decisions

14:50 • 19/11

Pashinyan calls for organizing proper waste management in Armenia 'after clearing off political garbage’

14:36 • 19/11

Ucom lowers prices for Samsung smartphones

13:49 • 19/11

Acting minister of agriculture to attend EEU forum in Moscow

13:31 • 19/11

Poe Francis lunches with the poor (photos)

13:23 • 19/11

Turkish FM to Mike Pompeo in Washington

12:06 • 19/11

Armenia's central bank to launch new generation currency bills

11:17 • 19/11

The Prophets, Angels, & Churches of ‘Armenia!’ – New York Times review

10:35 • 19/11

Toll in California wildfire rises to 80

10:27 • 19/11

Mexican drug leader Hector Beltran Leyva dead at 56

10:14 • 19/11

France's Macron urges Europe to ban ‘global chaos’

10:04 • 19/11

Baku to protest Artsakh leader’s visit to Washington  

09:42 • 19/11

Turkish, Russian leaders to attend TurkStream sea portion completion ceremony

09:36 • 19/11

Migrant crisis: Mexican city protest thousands-strong caravan’s arrival

09:13 • 19/11

Israeli PM Netanyahu names himself defense minister to ‘rule out politics’ from security

14:51 • 17/11

China takes aim at US protectionism  

14:05 • 17/11

Security of people should not be isolated from right to territorial integrity, says Nagorno-Karabakh official

12:57 • 17/11

Colorado doctors wrongly remove healthy patient’s kidneys

12:37 • 17/11

Israel heading for early elections  

12:24 • 17/11

Mars InSight coming in for landing soon on the Red Planet

11:58 • 17/11

Missing Argentine submarine found deep in the Atlantic a year after its disappearance  

11:52 • 17/11

Trump questions Mike Pence’s loyalty despite recent endorsement

11:34 • 17/11

Sasna Tsrer party conducting automobile race to Artsakh

11:07 • 17/11

California wildfires: 71 reported killed.  more than 1,000 still missing

10:54 • 17/11

Nations League: Armenia beat Gibraltar 6-2 (videos)  

10:26 • 17/11

Saudi crown prince suspected of ordering Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination

18:30 • 16/11

UN to fund human security enhancement projects in Armenia  

17:30 • 16/11

Pashinyan holds telephone conversation with Russian leader

17:23 • 16/11

Lewis Hamilton: India could have built more schools instead of hosting Formula 1

16:59 • 16/11

Zohrab Mnatsakanyan: CSTO secretary general’s post should be entrusted to Armenia

16:21 • 16/11

National Assembly reforms aim to foster legislators' constitutional authority and functions, says parliamnent official

15:51 • 16/11

Monica Lewinsky reveals she exposed her thong to get Bill Clinton's attention before their first White House hook-up

15:03 • 16/11

Armenian ombudsman presents report on military aggression against border villages

14:09 • 16/11

Turkey, EU step up dialogue for meetings

13:27 • 16/11

US studying Turkey’s demands to extradite Gülen  

13:18 • 16/11

2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid to debut at LA auto show

12:09 • 16/11

Emergency Ministry warns of heavy-going motorways in Armenia

11:49 • 16/11

Apple signs deal with Oscar-winning production company to make original movies  

11:29 • 16/11

Russian intervention in Karabakh conflict will be inevitable in case of Azerbaijani threats to Armenia, says expert

10:42 • 16/11

New tests can predict IVF embryos’ risk of having low IQ

10:21 • 16/11

Botswana named Africa’s best Safari country 2018

10:04 • 16/11

US-led coalition strikes kill two dozen Syrian civilians

09:52 • 16/11

Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide

09:36 • 16/11

ServiceTitan, start-up co-founded by US-Armenians, secures $165m in venture funding

09:21 • 16/11

US optimistic about prosecuting Assange

17:42 • 15/11

Armenian defense delegation conducts official visit to Bulgaria

17:23 • 15/11

Florida election recount nears deadline as Trump stirs pot with baseless claim

17:11 • 15/11

Pound Sterling crashes amid Brexit reports

16:55 • 15/11

Turkey seeks extradition of 452 people in 83 countries for FETÖ cases

16:43 • 15/11

Khashoggi case: Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty for journalist’s murder

16:24 • 15/11

Artsakh's international recognition 'key foreign policy priority', says foreign minister

15:38 • 15/11

Ancient city of Tenea uncovered in Greece

14:48 • 15/11

Gazprom-Armenia director slams attempts to spot company’s ‘good image’

14:06 • 15/11

Wimbledon finalist retires from tennis at 29

14:00 • 15/11

Dostoevsky novel among hundreds of book banned in Kuwait

13:52 • 15/11

California fire town needs ‘total rebuild’

13:40 • 15/11

'He's a Duchy Original!' Buckingham Palace celebrates Prince Charles’ 70 birthday  

13:28 • 15/11

Brexit: EU Barnier warns of 'long road ahead'

13:07 • 15/11

Armenian cabinet considers procedures for open-door meetings

11:40 • 15/11

168 Zham: Europe ‘closely following’ developments in pre-electoral Armenia

11:05 • 15/11

Turkey calls for international probe into Khashoggi murder

10:44 • 15/11

Ardshinbank named winner of Eikon Award 2018 by Thomson Reuters

10:35 • 15/11

Archaeologists unearth small warrior statues found from 2100-year-old pit in China

09:59 • 15/11

Aznavour son to release post-humus album dedicated to singer

09:43 • 15/11

Trump aide forced out of office after showdown with first lady

09:13 • 15/11

Toxic year: Oxford dictionaries name word of 2018

17:58 • 14/11

Hollywood Red Carpet cancelled after wildfires

17:47 • 14/11

Apple designers unveil dazzling one-of-a-kind ring 'cut entirely out of one single diamond'

17:24 • 14/11

Israel's defense chief resigns, slamming Netanyahu for 'surrendering to Hamas terror'

17:01 • 14/11

Armenia’s acting social and labor minister steps down ‘to join parliamentary campaign’

16:21 • 14/11

Parliamentary election 2018: Pro-Pashinyan bloc unveils candidates' list

15:55 • 14/11

Russian-Armenian military alliance ‘powerful restraint’ against Turkish-Azerbaijani aggression

15:31 • 14/11

Georgia to facilitate imports to Armenia

14:49 • 14/11

Prince Charles' 70th birthday marked with family photo release