Sunday, April 3, 2011

Judge Nestor Oyarbide declares Turkey guilty of the Armenian genocide

Journalists who attended the impromptu press conference at the gates of the courts, did not fully understand what I was trying to explain Nestor Oyarbide. A ruling against Turkey for crimes committed during the First World War? Just hours before the judge of 58 years had issued a ruling that Turkey was responsible for the genocide committed against the Armenian people in the mass deportations that followed that conflagration.

It was the first time a judge, unaware of the case being discussed for years in the League of Nations and then by the UN, spoke about the Armenian tragedy around the world equate with the Holocaust of the Jews by of the Nazis. "After 96 years of impunity, justice in Argentina is the first court in the world, which gives a resolution of this type, based on the principle of non-prescription of crimes against humanity," he announced to the press, Federico Hairabedián plaintiff attorney in this case.

The lawyer is the grandson of Gregory Hairabedián, the person who in 2000 filed the lawsuit for genocide in the name of the Armenian community in Argentina. It should be noted that nine years ago, Turkey threatened the U.S. not to let its military aircraft to land on its territory, whether White House officials were participating in the ceremonies commemorating the Armenian genocide.

In reading their historic verdict, the judge Oyarbide stated that "according to the evidence presented in the file, the Armenians were decimated in their own historical and territories, invaded and occupied by the Turks from the thirteenth century. Of the million Armenians then existing in the jurisdiction of the State of Turkey, more than two-thirds were killed or deported, their property being confiscated.

" The decision, disclosed by the Judicial Information Center, is based on documents submitted by the complainant and historical evidence of the Armenians. "No genocide had been committed if the Turkish state would not have designed and implemented," established the judge in his ruling. More than once, during sentencing, Oyarbide nearly burst into tears.

Federico Hairabedián, Oyarbide resolution "is final" and "opens the way for Armenians to ask the Turkish state the compensation due to acts of such nature, as did the Jews to seek reparations the German government, after World War II. " In the years 1915 and 1923, the Ottoman government ordered the deportation of nearly a million Armenians to the deserts of Syria on the grounds that they were "fifth column" of the Russian enemy.

Path of exile, most of the deportees were killed or died of starvation and disease. However, Turkey refuses to describe this tragedy as genocide claiming that the Armenians also killed thousands of Muslims and fear of territorial claims and property that would present the members of that community.

However, most historians agree that Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, Ottoman forces chief and founder of modern Turkey, had no part in the genocide.

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