Defense Minister Fires Leadership at Military Academy

Armenia's Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian

YEREVAN (ArmInfo)—Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian has ordered the dismissal of chief personnel at the Vazgen Sarkisian Military Academy after a cadet, Haykaz Barsegyan, was found hanged from a chin-up bar at the local sports ground.

According to ArmInfo, the Head of the Academy, Major General Martin Karapetyan, has submitted his resignation, which Defense Minister Ohanian has accepted. The Minister is firing other staff in leadership positions at the Academy.

The body of Haykaz Barseghyan was found hanged at a sports ground at his military unit on Jan. 29. Military investigators have opened a criminal case, in which four cadets from the Academy have been arrested and are facing murder charges.

On Jan. 31, Ohanian called a meeting over Barseghyan’s murder. Looking into the case, the Minister said that crime was a result of “ill-natured relations and activity of separate officers and negligence of duties by them.” Ohanian said the murder of the cadet was “an insult to the men who guard the country’s borders day and night.”


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  1. Random Armenian said:


    But this is how such incidents should be handled. Accountability is important.

  2. hiedi said:

    *** WOW.!!!how can something like this happen in a military academy? this is a gross negligence of the worst kind, at a time when we need the best in Armenian military, so sad…., Armenia’s enemy are watching this., it makes me sick.

    • Gurgen said:

      Armenia’s enemies are much worse. There are entire platoons being raped by officers of the Azeri army and a long string of murders and suicides. The Turkish army is just as bad. And incase you were wondering, the US army has a very high rate of such incidents as well, as does the Russian army. That doesn’t excuse the problems in the Armenian army but our commander is doing everything possible to reform and has had serious success over the last 10 years and continuing.

  3. GeorgeMardig said:

    There should be NO excuse at any level, complete investigation should be done and the guilty should be punished. NO EXEPTION