Argentine Judge Rules Turkey Committed ‘Armenian Genocide’


Gregorio Hairabedian

 

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine judge ruled on Friday, April 1, that “the Turkish state committed the crime of genocide against the Armenian people” between 1915 and 1923.

 

The ruling Friday also says Turkey should help an Argentinean man of Armenian descent, Gregorio Hairabedian, to learn the fate of more than 50 of his relatives who disappeared nearly a century ago.

 

Judge Norberto Oyarbide ruled Friday that “the Turkish state committed the crime of genocide against the Armenian people” between 1915 and 1923.

 

He added that his ruling is “declarative” only, with no value other than the truth. Turkey slammed the ruling. The Foreign Ministry said Monday the ruling was an example of how legal systems are abused by extreme nationalists belonging to the Armenian Diaspora.