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by David Stepanyan
Avetik Budaghyan was killed deliberately, not in self-defense, and the murder was committed by a group of persons. So, it is obvious that an extremely grievous crime has been stifled, Hayk Alumyan, Artak Budaghyan's
lawyer, has told ArmInfo.
"The case did not mention and subsequently failed to analyze certain details and concealed some documents from the court. Budaghyan's body has a wound inflicted from behind and the Khachatryans' defense was
trying to deny it for a long time. Afterwards the Khachatryans' defense explained that the wound had been inflicted in self-defense. These are mutually exclusive notions. The conclusion of the medical
assessors, who say that the shot at Avetik Budaghyan was fired from above, also confirms my words", said Alumyan.
In the meantime, Alumyan says that the investigator's decision mentions neither when the wound was inflicted nor why the track of the bullet was vertically down. According to Alumyan's version,
either the shooter was above or Avetik Budaghyan was already lying on the ground when being wounded. "Given that both versions rule out self-defense, they once again prove that a shot was also fired from
Surik Khachatryan's house", he said.
On September 7 the Investigation Service of the Armenian Defense Ministry dismissed the criminal case against Tigran Khachatryan, the son of ex-governor of Syunik, and his bodyguard Zarzand Nikoghosyan.
Both were charged with the murder of ex-candidate for Goris mayor Avetik Budaghyan. During the pretrial investigation, the Investigation Service "found out" that Khachatryan's son and bodyguard just defended themselves from Avetik and Artak Budaghyan who were attacking them. Shortly after Tigran Khachatryan and Zarzand Nikoghosyan were set free.