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by David Stepanyan
I don't think that the new appointment of Gevorg Kostanyan as Prosecutor General of Armenia will be an 'award' for his previous offences, Hayk Alumyan, the lawyer of Artakh Budaghyan, representative of the legal successor of the suffering party Emil Budaghyan, told ArmInfo.
Military Prosecutor Gevorg Kostanyan is currently discussing his upcoming appointment with the parliamentary factions. Kostanyan was nominated by President Serzh Sargsyan. Prosecutor General is appointed for a 6-year term and cannot be nominated for the given position for more than two terms in succession.
"In 'Goris case' Kostanyan simply did what he was told to do. Therefore, I would not link his appointment to the position of the prosecutor general with Avetik Budaghyan's murder case," Alumyan said. The lawyer said that he does not cherish illusions with Emil Budaghyan's letter addressed to President Serzh Sargsyan. Emil Budaghyan handed the letter to Serzh Sargsyan's bodyguards during the president's visit to Syunik.
"Maybe, the letter will be replied, but I pin no hopes for restoration of justice. Nevertheless, we have disputed all the three verdicts on the case in the Court of Appeal. We still hope for justice and punishment of those guilty," the lawyer said.
On September 7 the Investigation Service of Armenia's Defense Ministry terminated the criminal proceedings against Syunik Governor Surik Khachatryan's son and bodyguard. "The actions of the accused Tigran Khachatryan and Zarzand Nikoghosyan concerning the shooting in the house of the former governor of Syunik region Suren Khachatryan were self-defense. So, it has been decided to terminate the criminal action against the accused and to set them free," says the Investigation Service of Armenia's Defense Ministry. Khachatryan and Nikoghosyan were set free. They were charged with murder, illegal possession of weapons, intentional infliction of bodily harms and other heavy damage to health of other people.