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Already 6 persons have been arrested on the "Harsnakar" case and one more will be arrested in several hours, Chief of Armenian Police Vladimir Gasparyan told journalists today.
On 17 june the security guards of the restaurant owned by Ruben Hairapetyan severely beat a group of military doctors dining there. Vahe Avetyan, one of these doctors, is on the verge of death. The lawsuit was filed by the 112th clause of the Criminal Code.
Yesterday the Association of ENT Doctors made a statement demanding genuine investigation and prosecution. Today an action of protest is organized in front of the National Assembly. The army is angry. Appeals for lynching are heard.
The first steps taken by the authorities immediately after the incident of Harsnakar revealed their confusion. First the case was sent to the investigation department of the Ministry of Defense, then was returned to the Police. The first reactions revealed a tendency to shift the problem from the legal level to the so-called moral level, to distort the issue, as it had been the case with other crimes involving high-ranking officials. Many people watch this
circumstance like an attempt to close the case taking into consideration the fact that Ruben Hayrapetyan and the head of the Yerevan Police Nersik Nazaryan are relatives.
"Ruben Hayrapetyan is just the owner of the "Harsnakar" restaurant and despite the persons, the case will detected and all the guilty persons will be punished. All the lash to the police are groundless as the case has been investigated transparently and there is no obstacle on the way of finding out
of the guilty persons", - Gasparyan said and disproved the information that one of the arrested persons has been freed.