Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Armenians Sue Turkey in US

American-Armenians, whose ancestors were killed or driven out of Turkey in 1915, filed a law suit in Los Angeles seeking billions of dollars for property, including businesses, bank deposits, and large amounts of land, that was appropriated from their ancestors. The case, which could potentially become a class action suit, is the first Armenian lawsuit filed directly against the Turkish government. Other named defendants are the Central Bank of Turkey and T.C. Ziraat Bankasi. Plaintiffs allege that the Turkish government promised to administer the seized property for the benefit of the owners until it could be restored to them, but instead, the government of Turkey allegedly "withheld the property and any income derived from such property."

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