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Killings of the Genocide Criminals

The Armenian Revenge Takers

In Why it was a genocide chapter it has already been mentioned that in 1919 the Turkish Pashas that have carried out the Armenian Genocide have been tried and sentenced to death in absentina by the Military Tribunal of Constantinople. However, that sentence, for whatever reasons was not enforced and the criminals were left unpunished.

Nonetheless, they were not to die with their own natural deaths…The Armenian revenge takers killed a number of Turkish former officials, perpetrators of Mets Yegern, among them were also Talaat Pasha, Enver Pasha, Jemal Pasha, Behaeddin Shakir Bay, Sayid Halim, the then Prime Minister of Turkey and others. Later Doctor Nazim also was hanged by his countrymen.

Sogomon Tehleryan was one of the prominent Armenian revenge takers, involved in the slaying of monsters. He was the first one that executed his plan: avenged his own slain family by killing the former Turkish leader, Talaat Pasha, and was tried for murder in a German court. He was also the only one that was found not guilty.

Soghomon Tehleryan

Slaying of Talaat Pasha

Soghomon Tehlerian Soghoman Tehleryan (Tehliryan) was born on April 02, 1896 in the Nerqin Bagarich village of the Erzrum Vilayet (District), of Western Armenia. He received his preliminary education in his native village, and then in 1915 had lost his entire family: parents, brothers and sisters were slaughtered in the Genocide. He had survived the massacre by a miracle and found refugee in a Kurdish family, where from he then fled to Eastern Armenia. Several years later he returned to his native Yerznka, where he could not find a single Armenian family...

Then he traveled to European countries, USA, Switzerland, and Germany to study and also to hunt after Talaat Pasha. In March of1921 he found him in Berlin. There Talaat was hiding in a house located at Hardenberg street. Tehleryan rented an apartment on the opposite side of his house. And on March 15, when he saw Talaat coming out of his house, ran downstairs and killed the monster with a gunshot.

Tehleryan was arrested with charges on murder and faced a trial. During the court hearings of June 2 -3, the defendant told the story of his slaughtered family and of the Armenian Genocide, and justified his motives for retaliation. The German Court (Presided by Dr. Lemberg) found Tehleryan NOT GUILTY.

Until 1945 Tehleryan lived in Belgium, and then moved to San-Francisco, where he passed away in 1960.

Assassination of Jemal

Jemal Pasha was one of the two main strongmen of Talaat. He was one of the key figures in carrying out the Armenian Genocide; he fled to Germany, too and was sentenced to death in 1919. Then he had served as Military attaché in Afghanistan for the period of 1920-1922.
When returning to Turkey from there, on July 25, 1922 the Armenian revenge takers Petros Ter Poghosyan and Artashes Gevorgyan enforced his death verdict in Tiflis.

Assassination of Enver

Enver Pasha, was one of the heads of the Young Turks party and also one of the architects of the Mets Yegern, similar to Talaat and Jemal. His is the following phrase: ”Without a loss of a single Turkish soldier I’ve slaughtered the Armenians, enemies of Turkish people”. In 1918, like the other key figures intimately involved in the Armenian Genocide, fled to Germany and then was sentenced to death in absentina. In 1921 has led the anti-Soviet Basmachian movement of Middle Asia, where has been killed while fighting with the army troops commanded by Hakob Melkumov, the Armenian Commander.

Assassination of Sayid Halim, Behaeddin Shakir and Jemal Azmi

Sayid Halim, the former Prime Minister of the Ottoman Empire, as well as Behaeddin Shakir and Jemal Azmi beys have been very actively involved in the mass slaughters of Armenians. The latter two have been sentenced to death afterwards.
Sayid Halim has been killed in Rome, on December 06, 1921 by the bullet of Arshavir Shirakyan, whereas Behaeddin Shakir and Jemal Azmi beys have been killed in Berlin, on April 7, 1922 by Aram Yerkanyan and Arshavir Shirakyan.