New NY Sentencing For Armenian In Missile Scam


Seattle Post Intelligencer

Aug 23, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal appeals court in New York has ordered a new
sentencing for an Armenian immigrant sent to prison for 22 years for
plotting to sell anti-aircraft missiles and other military weapons
to an FBI informant.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that a judge
incorrectly calculated the factors used to determine the seriousness
of the crime carried out by Artur Solomonyan (ART-er SAW-oh-mohn-yihn).

Otherwise, the appeals court upheld the conviction and sentencing
of Solomonyan and five others. They were sentenced in 2009 on arms
trafficking and conspiracy charges. The only weapons actually delivered
were a dozen firearms, including a machine gun.

A lawyer for Solomonyan did not immediately return a phone message
for comment.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS