BUENOS AIRES—An Argentine judge ruled Friday that “the Turkish state committed the crime of genocide against the Armenian people” between 1915 and 1923.
The 100-plus page ruling, which was read Friday, resulted from a case presented 10-year ago by the Luisa Hairapetian Fund. Throughout the proceedings, which lasted 120 months, the court has heard grueling testimony from Genocide survivors, their families and other members of the community.
The plaintiff, Gregorio Hairapetian was joined by his family, attorneys for the Luisa Hairapetian Foundation, the Argentine press corps, as well as the Armenian National Committee of Argentina members and the community at large.
In his ruling Friday, Judge Norberto Oyarbide said that Turkey should help an Armenian descendant living in Argentina learn the fate of more than 50 of his relatives who disappeared nearly a century ago.
Oyarbide used as a basis for his ruling the 2007 Argentine law that declares April 23 as a day of “solidarity and respect” in memory of the Armenian Genocide.
The Turkish Embassy in Buenos Aires has not immediately responded to a request for comment.