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by Nana Martirosyan
The appointment of Gevork Kostanyan as Prosecutor General of Armenia is a serious challenge of the country's judiciary, Chairman of Helsinki Citizens' Assembly–Vanadzor Artur Sakunts told journalists on Monday.
"I was surprised to see the Parliament approving the candidature of a man that has made nothing good to our judiciary. On the contrary, as military prosecutor he covered up lots of crimes. It was he who stopped the criminal proceedings against the son of the ex governor of Syunik region. So, by approving his candidature the Parliament has proved that it does not represent the interests of the people," Sakunts said.
He believes that Kostanyan's appointment was a result of political consensus. "It was really immoral. It appears that our parliament is a select club, where people come to play," Sakunts said.
Some media report that the ex governor of Syunik region Suren Khachatryan gave Kostanyan a $4mln bribe so he stopped the case against his son Tigran Khachatryan. Khachatryan's son and bodyguard Zarzand Nikoghosyan were arrested following the murder of Avetik Budaghyan in the governor's house on June 1 night. On June 3 Suren Khachatryan announced his resignation, but on Sept 7 the criminal proceedings against his son and bodyguard were discontinued.