Controversial Governor’s Son Charged Over Violent Incident

Masked policemen accompany Tigran Khachatrian, the son of Syunik Governor Surik Khachatrian, to a Yerevan court (Source: RFE/RL)
Masked policemen accompany Tigran Khachatrian, the son of Syunik Governor Surik Khachatrian, to a Yerevan court (Source: RFE/RL)

Masked policemen accompany Tigran Khachatrian, the son of Syunik Governor Surik Khachatrian, to a Yerevan court (Source: RFE/RL)

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—The son of Syunik’s controversial governor Surik Khachatrian, Tigran, was taken into custody by Armenian law enforcement authorities over the weekend in connection with a recent attack on a young man who was left hospitalized.

According to the Investigative Committee of Armenia, Khachatrian, 22, is suspected of inflicting “grievous bodily harm” on Harutiun Zakarian, one of two brothers allegedly beaten up by the governor’s son and his friends in Goris on May 2.

The parents of Harutiun and Mushegh Zakarians allege that the “gang” led by Khachatrian used clubs and iron rods to attack their sons. Harutiun Zakarian was hospitalized due to his injuries. Doctors reportedly could not save the sight of one of his eyes.

The incident is believed to stem from a “road rage” dispute involving Khachatrian and one of the Zakarian brothers. Khachatrian allegedly stopped a car driven by Harutiun Zakarian and claimed that Zakarian committed a traffic violation. Zakarian protested and a quarrel ensued. It later continued elsewhere in the southern Armenian town and also involved Harutiun’s brother.

According to investigators, Khachatrian’s alleged actions are punishable by a prison term of 3 to 7 years under Armenia’s penal code. He was charged under a relevant count on Monday.

In 2013, Tigran Khachatrian was prosecuted in connection with a deadly shooting near his father’s mansion in Goris. Investigators cleared him and his father’s bodyguard of any wrongdoing, saying that both acted in self-defense.

Surik Khachatryan, who is also notorious for violent behavior, resigned from the post of Syunik’s governor in the wake of that incident. He was controversially reappointed to the position a year later.

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6 Comments

  1. vartan said:

    WOW WHAT A PROGRESS…… OR WHAT A SHAME . ONE SOB OLIGARKH IDIOTS SON BECOMES HEAD LINE NEWS ,IS ARMENIA A COUNTRY OR WE ARE DREAMING TO BECOME A COUNTRY …..? OOPS I FORGUT ARMENIA IS MADE OF LOCAL ” LAV TGERK” THIVES . TRIBE LEADERS . AND WE CONSIDEAR ARMENIA A CIVILIZED INDEPENDENT . ANCIENT COUNTRY…… VAY MEZI

  2. Nazo said:

    why do you think he was reappointed governor afther all the crimes he and his son committed , in Armenia money talks justice walks.

  3. State-Of-Emergency said:

    Why are the arresting officers wearing masks? Are they afraid to get rubbed off from the power that be?

  4. serop said:

    A disgrace to our nations leadership, as is his father who by all accounts is just as bad if not worst than his son.
    These low life thugs must be cleared from our nations ruling class, actually most of our nations ruling class must be got rid of, they are mostly agents of Russia and have no loyalty to our nation. Their only concern is how much can they squeeze from our struggling nation and our oppressed people..

  5. Raffi said:

    3 strikes and you are out of US law should be implemened, these ass holes should be judjed and thrown in jail,

  6. Saaten Maagar said:

    If the Armenian government can not control one of its own internal Mafioso individual’s son, this guy is in the news every other day by beating or killing someone, then that tell you a lot about what this government can or can not do.

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