ARF Urges President to Oversee Proshian Murder Investigation

People protest outside the presidential residence in Yerevan (Photolure)

YEREVAN (—Seeing no justice for the murder of Proshian Mayor Hrach Muradian, an Artsakh freedom fighter and a popular leader in the Kotayk Region, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation led hundreds, including villagers, to gather at the presidential residence to demand that President Serzh Sarkisian oversee the murder investigation, which has been stalled since April.

ARF Parliamentary bloc chairman Armen Rustamian reiterated the party’s insistence that Muradian’s murder was politically motivated, saying the bullet was directed at an individual who was successfully governing the village—a fact that did not sit well with his political opponents.

The ARF asserts that Muradian was at odds with local ruling Republican Party of Armenia members and other loyal to the government. The party says that Muradian received threats from individuals.

On April 2, Muradian was shot in front of the administrative offices of the Proshian village in circumstances that remain unclear. A local resident, Arayik Petrosian, was arrested in the days following the murder but denies the charges.

Muradian’s relatives and supporters are insisting that the law enforcement officials are covering up the murder

A little more than a month after the murder, Muradian’s gravesite was defaced with graffiti and posters were anonymously posted around the village defaming the later mayor.

Rustamian added that Muradian’s murder on April 2 was the culmination of a criminal chain that had its start in 2009, when Muradian, an Artsakh war veteran, was elected to govern the village.

Given the slow pace of the investigation and the judicial obstacles that have taken place during the investigation process, the ARF is demanding that the president personally oversee the investigation and to apply all levers to ensure that justice has been served for the popular mayor.

The demonstrators protested that no concrete steps have been taken in the past seven months, and the people’s trust in the judicial system is, once again, being tested.

The presidential staff promised that the protest letter would be delivered to the president. Meanwhile, Rustamian pledged to continue the protests.

“It is unjust to accept the murder of a man, who has gone through the great liberation movement of Artsakh, but was murdered in his own village by an internal enemy,” said Rustamian.


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  1. Not Impressed said:

    So the ARF wants whoever was behind the murder to conduct an investigation on ITSELF? LOL. Sorry ARF, you are a shadow of your former self. In the real ARF world, heads would have rolled and justice would have been served a long time ago, and without crawling in front of the government begging for justice like a pathetic nothing.

    • said:

      Well, since you know so much, could you tell us how ARF handled cash in Proshian? Since it probably didn’t exist officially, it would be hard to prove that it was a robbery, for example. Unless, somebody comes forward…

  2. Mihran said:

    Sadly, ARF Armenia has been a big flop,nowhere near what it should be.

    They have shared a bed with this corrupt regime and now we have Vahan who is going to work for these corrupt lot his boss being serzh his relative.

    ARF is now preparing the ground to join these corrupt thugs.What a disgrace.