By Alin K. Gregorian
- A petition by Dogu Perinçek, president of the Workers’ Party of Turkey, challenged his arrest for the denial of the Armenian Genocide in Switzerland.
- California Assemblyman Mike Gatto introduced a resolution in the California Assembly asking for the US to recognize Nagorno Karabagh as an independent republic. Three organizations expressed support for the legislation, including the Armenian National Committee of America, the Unified Young Armenians and the Armenian Council of America. The California State Assembly on May 5 passed Joint Resolution 32 to recognize the Nagorno Karabagh Republic as a sovereign state. The bill makes California the most populous government entity to call for Artsakh’s recognition.
- The family of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including his son, Bilal, were embroiled in a corruption trial, including dealings with a Saudi Arabian businessman, Yasin al-Qaidi, who is said to have ties with al-Qaeda, according to US authorities.