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.