Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by Alexandr Avanesov
"My friends and I were imprisoned in 2008 without any proof, and the murderer has recently been released", Gourgen Yeghiazaryan, member of the opposition Armenian National Congress, told journalists on Thursday.
"Today the murderer who put a bullet in a man's back is set free. No one says a word though there may be bloodshed again. But those who have released the murderer will be accountable. As a rule, vengeance helps when justice is helpless. If there is bloodshed tomorrow, the responsibility will lie on those who have set the criminals free. The responsibility will also lie on their children", said Yeghiazaryan when commenting on the release of Tigran Khachatryan, the son of the ex-governor of Syunik region, and the bodyguard Zarzand Nikoghosyan, as well as on suspension of the criminal prosecution. Yeghiazaryan added that the military prosecutor, who has dared to state that there had been an armed attack on the ex-governor's house must be accountable for what has happened.
By the instruction of Armenian Military Prosecutor Gevorg Kostanyan, the Investigation Service of the Armenian Defense Ministry is preparing materials on "the fact of giving a bribe to the military prosecutor", Armen Haroutyunyan, Head of the Investigation Service of the Armenian Defense Ministry, said at a press conference on Sept 11. According to the recent media reports, the ex-governor of Syunik region Suren Khachatryan "gave a 4 mln USD bribe to the military prosecutor allegedly to stop the criminal prosecution against his son Tigran Khachatryan and bodyguard Zarzand Nikoghosyan".
To recall, shootouts in front of Syunik Governor Suren Khachatryan's house at 00:10am on June 2 killed former candidate for Goris mayor Avo Budaghyan and wounded his brother Artak Budaghyan, a commander at a military unit in the NKR. There was another wounded, Nikolay Abrahamyan, a relative and bodyguard of Governor Suren Khachartyan. A criminal case has been initiated on the basis of Article 103.1 (murder) and Article 235 (illegal use, storage and bearing weapons) of the Criminal Code of Armenia. Syunik Governor Suren Khachatryan's son, Tigran Khachatryan, has been arrested over latest shootouts in Syunik.
Earlier, the governor's bodyguard Zarzand Nikoghosyan was arrested over the case. On June 3 Suren Khachatryan sent in his resignation declaring that everyone must answer for their mistakes. He regretted for failing to prevent the tragic incident near his house. On July 9, the brother of Avetik Budaghyan was charged with Article 137.1 of the Criminal Code. Budaghyan denies the accusations against him. He was released on the recognizance not to leave. Later on September 7, Department for Major Cases, Investigation Service, Defense Ministry of Armenia, set free the son and bodyguard of Surik Khachatryan. The Investigation adopted a resolution saying that Tigran Khachatryan and Zarzand Nikoghosyan acted in self-defense.