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TURKISH COURT SENTENCES SIX MILITARY OFFICERS
WITH MINIMUM TIME IN HRANT DINK TRIAL

 

Today's Zaman - The Trabzon 2nd Criminal Court of Peace on Thursday convicted six of eight suspects of neglect of duty in a case on claims of negligence in preventing the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, in a rare positive development since the start of the trial four years ago.
      
The Trabzon court handed down prison sentences of six months each for Trabzon Gendarmerie Commander Colonel Ali Öz and Gendarmerie Intelligence Unit Director Captain Metin Yıldız.
       Hrant Dink, Editor-in-Chief of the Agos daily, was gunned down outside his newspaper's office in Bolis in broad daylight on Jan. 19, 2007. The hitman, Ogün Samast, was captured about one day after the murder. Other suspects, including Yasin Hayal and Erhan Tuncel, were captured in the following days on charges of soliciting Samast, who was a minor at the time, for Dink's murder. However, Dink family lawyers have been claiming that Hayal and Tuncel, who both have proven questionable links to the Trabzon Police and the gendarmerie intelligence departments, were acting as agents in a larger plot. Two other courts involved in the case, the Bolis 14th Criminal Court and the Trabzon Criminal Court have been reluctant to deepen the investigation into the real masterminds of the murder, despite plenty of evidence that the young men weren't acting alone.
       Ergin Cinmen, a Dink family lawyer, said that although the decision was welcome, it was unlikely to serve as a groundbreaking ruling in the course of the main murder trial in Bolis.
       “Much can be said about this ruling,” he said. “This is the best ruling a peace court could give, we demanded prison sentences on charges of knowingly assisting the murder. Colonel Ali Öz and his friends should be tried in the Bolis court as main suspects. It is clear that all of these officers knew that Yasin Hayal was going to kill Dink prior to the murder. The peace court here asked the Bolis Court to merge these trials, but they refused. Similarly, they sent the case to the Trabzon High Criminal Court, but they also rejected the case. A peace court couldn't have done anything more.” He said it was a positive development that the officers are going to do jail time - albeit briefly - but he also expressed his concern that the Supreme Court of Appeals can overturn the ruling. “The court did what needed to be done legally. But the Bolis court and the Trabzon court are still putting up resistance, thus preventing the truth from coming out. Normally, this case should have been merged with the main trial.”
       He said the entire system was fighting in the face of solid evidence of various security officers' involvement. “The administrative court didn't grant permission to try [former Bolis Police Chief Celalettin] Cerrah. Both administrative courts and high criminal courts are fighting.”
 
Court ruling
The Trabzon court handed down prison sentences of six months each for Trabzon Gendarmerie Commander Colonel Öz and Gendarmerie Intelligence Unit Director Captain Yıldız.
       NCOs Okan Şimşek, Veysel Şahin, Hüseyin Yılmaz and Hacı Ömer Ünalır were also each sentenced to four months in jail over the same charges. The two other military personnel were acquitted by the court. The suspects were accused of assisting the murderers at the time the plan to assassinate Dink was being hatched.
       Şimşek and Şahin earlier testified that they knew about the plot to kill Hrant Dink six months before the murder took place and recounted that they had informed Gendarmerie Intelligence Director Captain Yıldız, who, in turn, informed Colonel Öz. The two officers testified that Öz did nothing upon receiving the information.

FATHER ABEL MANOUKYAN CONSIDERS
CATHOLICOS KAREKIN II's DECISION,
UNJUSTIFIED, UNACCEPTABLE & UNLAWFUL
 

 

tert.am - Defrocked Priest of the Swiss Armenian community, Rev Dr Fr Abel Manoukyan, has sent a letter to Catholicos of all Armenians Karekin II, expressing his indignation at the Patriarchal decision to remove him.
      
Neither being ordained by you is an honour, nor is being defrocked by you a dishonour, he said in his letter, considering the decision abuse of the church's authority entrusted in the Catholicos.
      
"You may believe that having the authority to force me to renounce my religious order by defrocking is your supreme power. In reality, this “power” is your greatest weakness," read the letter.
      
"Since this defrocking 'Patriarchal verdict' does not have any religious, theological, liturgical, canonical or disciplinary basis or reasoning, it is purely an abuse of our Church’s authority entrusted in you," the defrocked clergyman said, pronouncing the verdict unjustified, unacceptable and unlawful.
      
Earlier, the Swiss-Armenian community protested against a decision by the Holy See of St. Etchmiadzin to replace the priest and establish an Armenian diocese in Switzerland.

Note from Alexander Michael Hadjilyra: In 2001 Catholicos of all Armenians Karekin II, defrocked Cypriot-born Archbishop Diran Gureghian of Russia, because he wanted to place his brother as the local Archbishop. Archbishop Gureghian - a nerkagtogh - still has followers in Russia and his own parish, unrecognised by Karekin II.

THIS IS GIBRAHAYER E-MAGAZINE'S FINAL EDITION FOR THE SUMMER OF 2011.
WE WILL BE BACK IN SEPTEMBER

 What can you expect from Gibrahayer e-magazine during our break?

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  • A visit, a letter or an email from our staff seeking your assistance, to raise money for Gibrahayer e-magazine's expanding online activities which are going through major upgrades and changes in the summer months.
2nd Yerkir Media report: click here

 

Links of the week:
Ani Restaurant in Limassol : click here
SIPAN Dance Ensemble at the New Hope event here
Marie Louise Kouyoumdjian sings "Love each other" with Ara Gevorgian and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra: click here
Babenakan Kilikia by KOHAR stars: click here
3D mapping on Opera Building at KOHAR Show; here
speech by ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Cyprus Gomideh representative Hagop Kazandjian: here
Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian thanks the community: here
Video report on Magaravank Pilgrimage (new): click here
1st Yerkir Media report on Cyprus: here
Vartkes Mahdessian's election triumph: here

News in Brief by Sevag Devletian

  • "We are very committed to continuing to work through the Minsk Group to try to resolve the longstanding conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh," US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said before the meeting with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.
  • International nuclear safety experts advised earthquake-prone Armenia last week to increase safety measures at the country's Soviet-era Metsamor plant reactor after the disaster in Japan. But the experts from the International Atomic Energy Authority's Operational Safety Team did not identify any "extraordinary" problems during their inspection of the reactor, which is located in a seismic zone that was hit by a massive quake in 1988. The Armenian energy ministry said that $25 million (17 million euros) would be invested in raising safety levels over the next two years, adding to the $130 million (90 million euros) already invested in safety measures since 2005.
  • It has been 550 years since Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II the Conqueror declared Archbishop Hovagim the Patriarch of the Istanbul Armenians in 1461. The Armenian Church and the Armenian Community in Istanbul celebrated last Sunday the 550th anniversary of the establishment of the Armenian Patriarchate and a group of Istanbul Armenians held a silent protest wearing black and purple ribbons to stand against the government's decision to appoint a co-Patriarch in addition to current the Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople, Mesrob Mutafyan, who is seriously ill.
  • Survey results show 69% of Turkish citizens support country's European Union membership. They consider it an important foreign policy issue, Today's Zaman reports. "Foreign Policy Perceptions in Turkey" research conducted by KA Research and the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) revealed that Turkish public embraces peaceful solutions, which are stressed in Turkish foreign policy. Thus, 75% of the respondents support Turkey's efforts for mediation in the Palestine-Israeli conflict, 50% support rapprochement with Armenia and 58% back sending peace forces to Lebanon.
  • "Dr. Death" Jack Kevorkian, Armenian by origin, passed away last Friday in a Michigan hospital at the age of 83. Jack Kevorkian was a staunch supporter of euthanasia and stood for its legalization. He is said to have helped at least 130 terminally ill people end their lives from 1990 to 1998. Kevorkian was charged in 1990 when law-enforcement agencies obtained a tape of 52-year-old Thomas Youk's suicide. Kevorkian served 8 years in prison and was released in 2007.
  • The Sisli trial court in Bolis sentenced Nobel Prize recipient Orhan Pamuk to pay 6,000 Turkish liras in total to plaintiffs for his statement in an interview with Das Magazin Swiss publication. Pamuk said, "30 thousand Kurds have been killed here, and 1 million Armenians. And almost nobody dares to mention that. So I do." The court charged Pamuk with "distortion of historic reality and profanation of Turkish nation's character."

JOIN SOURP ASDVADZADZIN CHOIR

‎Nara Sardaryan from Yerevan is the new Khmpavar of Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church Choir. Call her on 96820116 or look her up on Facebook, to join the Choir that meets every Wednesday at The Utudjian Hall singing both Church sharagans and Armenian traditional songs. All are welcome, especially former Choir members.

 

Gibrahayer Calendar Events

  • Wednesday 8 June at 6:00 p.m. - Nareg Armenian School (Nicosia)- “Mangabardezi Daregan Hantes” to be held in the school Hall.
  • Wednesday 15 June at 6:30 p.m. - Nareg Armenian Schools Graduation Ceremony (Elementary + Gymnasium) to be held at the school Amphitheatre.
  • 18 June at 7:00 pm - The Cultural Ladies Committee of The Armenian Club of Larnaca is organising an evening dedicated to Father’s Day. The event will take place on at Nareg School Hall in Larnaca. Main speaker of the day is Nareg Principal Vera Tahmazian.
  • Wednesday 22 June 2011 from 5.30pm - 7.30pm - Traditional reception to all Armenian graduates on the island at the residence of the Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian.
  • Friday 1 July at 20:30 - Lebanese "1000 and 1 Nights" at AYMA. Full Lebanese meze. Entrance 12 euros (excluding drinks). Reservations until 28 June to Marine Tavitian – 99437612 (after 2:30pm) and Sevan Der Bedrossian - 99416962.
  • 13th to 31st July - Khalkidhiki Camp of the Armenian Relief Society (HOM) of Greek Macedonia and Thrace Greece: Arrival in Thessaloniki 13/7: Departure from Thessaloniki 31/07. Age of participants: 10-14. Last date of participation: 23 June. For more information and reservations you can contact the Cyprus Chapter of the Armenian Relief Society (HOM) by calling Louise Aynedjian on 99533684.
  • Friday 23 September - Kravadz or
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Saturday 18 June at 7:00 pm - The Cultural Ladies Committee of The Armenian Club of Larnaca is organising an evening dedicated to Father’s Day. The event will take place at Nareg School Hall in Larnaca. Main speaker of the day is Nareg Principal Vera Tahmazian. After the Father’s Day event a dinner will follow at the Sun Hall Hotel at 8.30 pm. For reservations please phone Rubina Bohdjelian 99607568 or Adelina Boyadjian 99575982 till the 15 of June.

 
 

NAREG SUMMER SCHOOL

 

From Gibrahayer e-magazine Facebook:
As parents, we have been following Nareg school's progress in the last few years with great enthusiasm. I urge community members who in the past had taken their children out of Nareg to think again. For young parents who are thinking on where to send their children ... the choice should be very clear. Nareg is an excellent environment for providing our children with a tri-lingual education, providing parents with multiple options when their children graduate. Most important of all, it is the only place in Cyprus to receive Armenian education.
Simon Aynedjian - Gibrahayer e-magazine

NATASHA TAVOUKDJIAN'S
GES HAY (IN L.A.) now available on DVD

GES HAY (IN L.A.) is now available on DVD. For EURO 20 plus shipping (for abroad) you can own the DVD which contains one disc for the play and another with pictures from the practice a day before the actual play. As you can see from the above CD image, the DVD is as unique as the play. A perfect gift to your loved ones!
For your orders, please contact Shoushig Bakalian on (00357) 99667828 or any committee member of Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association Cyprus Oshagan Chapter.

14 Nights Western European & Italian Mediterranean Cruise
organised by the Armenian Relief Society (HOM)
from 30 June to 14 July, 2012

 

Direct to Yerevan

Hamazkayin's SIPAN Dance Ensemble at the New Hope event.
Click
here for more images.

 

Armenian Sports by Sevag Devletian

  • FOOTBALL: With halfback Artak Aleksanyan being handed 2 yellow cards in the first half of the game, the numerical disadvantage didn’t prevent a 10-member squad of the Armenian U-21 national football team in securing a 4-1 win against Montenegro. The next scheduled match for the Armenian U-21 team is an away game against Andorra on September 3.
  • BOXING: Seven Armenian boxers will participate at the Ankara-hosted European Boxing Championships between June 14-25.
  • TENNIS: Popular Armenian-Argentine veteran David Nalbandian is back in action at London-hosted Queen's Club for the first time since he played the Davis Cup in March. In the first round, Nalbandian defeated rival Ilya Marchenko of Ukraine 6-3, 6-4. Apart from singles, David will also take part in the doubles competition, teaming up with American Andy Roddick.
  • FOOTBALL: FC Zenit Saint Petersburg has taken an interest in signing Armenia and FC Krasnodar forward Yura Movsisyan. Zenit will attempt to sign him on during the 2011 summer transfer window.
  • CHESS: Armenian grandmaster Tigran L. Petrosian finished 2nd at an international Chess Tournament in Bhubaneswar, India. Having gained 8.5 points out of 11 possible, he fell 0.5 point behind the leader, Alexey Aleksandrov of Belarus. Another Armenian representative, Sergey Kasparov, finished 7th with 8 points.
  • JUDO: Judo wrestler Armen Nazaryan represented Armenia at the Bucharest-hosted World Judo Cup. In a struggle for the 3rd place, the Armenian sportsman suffered a loss against his Polish opponent and finished the tournament ranking 4th place.
  • BOXING: Armenian-born boxer Vanes Martirosyan defeated Saul Roman by seventh round TKO on the undercard of WBC middleweight title bout between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sebastian Zbik. With the victory, Martirosyan claimed the vacant WBC Silver light middleweight title and will now be eyeing a shot at WBC champion Saul Alvarez.
  • JUDO: A junior judo tournament which brought together participants in 5 weight categories finished in Silven, Bulgaria. Armenia, being represented by 25 judokas came up 2nd in team event, with 23 sportsmen winning medals.
  • FOOTBALL: Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko was called upon to replace Kerzhakov when the latter suffered a thigh problem in the final training session before Saturday's EURO 2012 Group B Qualifier between Russia and Armenia. Pavlyuchenko fully embraced the understudy role by cancelling out, on the volley, Armenia's opening goal from Marcos Pizzelli, before completing a hat-trick in the second half, first following a slick move, then from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute.
New development project overlooking Larnaca Salt Lake, by three young Armenian professionals of our community. Click here

Gibrahay Sports by Sevag Devletian

 

  • Former Davis Cup tennis star of Cyprus Haig Ashdjian from Larnaca won the Macedonia ITF Seniors Cup in Thessaloniki by defeating Andrzej Nuszkiewicz of Poland 4-6, 6-2, 11-9 (final set tie break). He also went on to win the Acropolis Cup in Athens. These wins place him in the top 70 in the world ranking.
    Congratulations to a true champion, who continues to honour the colours of Cyprus, as well as the Armenian community of Cyprus for more than four decades.
    BRAVO HAIG ASHDJIAN !

Ani Restaurant-Amathountos 96A, Ay.Tykhonas-(opposite Amathus Beach Hotel)
Telephone: 00357 - 25-311811 email:
anilimassol@gmail.com Limassol - Cyprus

 

Ani restaurant is a luxurious, fine new establishment ideally located into an impressive natural seaside setting at Amathountos Avenue 96A in Limassol, Cyprus.
       It is inspired by Armenia’s historical town ANI, also named as “the city of 1001 Churches”. This new-comer restaurant offers an exquisite Armenian Cuisine that includes international influences.  Ani invites you to a relaxing stay, enjoying its variety of amazing cocktails and cuisine, which is blending tasteful dishes from Armenia and all over the world to a unique gourmet experience.
       With its luxurious effortless neat aesthetic, its distinctive ethnic decoration, supreme service, and respect for cultural traditions, Ani is considered as an unmatched experience to its visitors.
       Its outdoors and indoors seating can accommodate approximately 150 people. Adding to its capacity is the VIP area which is perfect for private or corporate events.
       Ani’s Private Parking service is the cherry on top that completes Ani’s indulgence package. Doesn't matter if you join Ani during the day or in the night, a visit of Ani is
always worth the journey.

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