Body Of Slain ASALA Leader Flown To Iraq For Burial
ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ The body of Agop Agopian, slain leader of the terrorist Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia, has been flown to Iraq for burial, a police spokesman said Monday.
Agopian’s body was shipped to Baghdad aboard a regular Iraqi Airways flight Sunday night, said the spokesman, who requested anonymity.
Agopian’s 24-year-old wife, Jeanine Tutusian, accompanied the body. It will be buried in the northern Iraqi border town of Mosul.
The ASALA leader was gunned down April 28 by a masked man outside his home in Athens’ Old Phaleron suburb.
According to the spokesman, the ASALA leader was born Haritoun Takoshian and his parents, Macardic and Siranoush Takoshian, still live in Mosul.
When he was killed, Agopian was carrying a South Yemen diplomatic passport in the name of Abdul Mohammed Kasim.
ASALA, founded by Agopian in 1975, seeks the foundation of an independent Armenian state in eastern Turkey and vengeance for what it claims was the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915-1916.