Serzh Sarkisian’s Nephew a Suspect in 2007 Attempted Murder Case

Former Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian's nephew, Hayk Sarkisian.
Former Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian's nephew, Hayk Sarkisian.

Former Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian’s nephew, Hayk Sarkisian.

Another Nephew Wanted for Weapons, Drugs and Looted Art Possession

YEREVAN—Former President Serzh Sarkisian’s nephew, Hayk Sarkisian, has emerged as a suspect in a 2007 attempted murder case, while another nephew, Narek Sarkisian, is wanted for possession of arms, illegal narcotics and looted art — specifically, a dozen drawings by famous Armenian painter, Martiros Saryan.

According to statements by Armenia’s National Security Service, the two separate cases were the focal point of an interrogation of the former president’s brother, Aleksander Sarkisian, who along with his son, Hayk, were taken into custody on Wednesday. Aleksander Sarkisian, who is known as “Sashik,” was released after being questioned. His son, Hayk, has been remanded as a suspect in the bizarre attempted murder case. His other son, Narek, who fled to Moscow late last month, is wanted on the possession charges.

Investigators on Thursday said that new evidence has surfaced in the 2007 attempted murder case, which was closed over a decade ago, prompting them to reopen the case in which Hayk Sarkisian has emerged as a suspect.

On April 1, 2007, Yerevan resident Davit Simonyan was shot on the corner of Tumanyan and Nalbandyan streets and was transported to a nearby clinic by a man identified as A. Ghevondyan. On the same day, Ghevondyan told police that he had inadvertently shot Simonyan because he mishandled a gun he claimed he found on the street. At the time, Ghevondyan brought the gun in question to the police.

The investigative committee said in its announcement Thursday that while proper investigative steps were taken at the time, the case was subsequently closed on the grounds that no charges were filed and the parties reached an agreement.

“Due to new circumstances that have emerged, on July 3, 2018, the prosecutor-general of the Republic of Armenia made a decision to re-open the 2007 criminal proceedings and forward the case to the Investigative Committee’s unit operating in Yerevan’s Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts. The same day, an investigator took up the case and launched other necessary investigative and procedural actions to clarify the circumstances of the case,” the Investigative Committee said.

The Investigative Committee said Thursday that the new evidence shows that Simonyan was not shot because of Ghevondyan’s “mishandling” of a weapon but rather deliberately by another person who fired the gun. The Investigative Committee identified Hayk Sarkisian, born in 1984, as the person who shot Simonyan with the “intent to kill.”

After being interrogated on Wednesday, Hayk Sarkisian was suspected of attempted murder in accordance to Armenia’s Criminal Code.

“The preliminary investigation is still ongoing,” the Investigative Committee said.

In a separate statement on Thursday, the NSS announced that the former president’s brother, Aleksander, was questioned on Wednesday over his other son, Narek’s, alleged criminal activities related to obtaining more than dozen Saryan drawings.

According to the NSS, Narek Sarkisian duped one of Martiros Saryan’s heirs into giving him 14 Saryan drawings worth $280,000, with a promise to pay him $28,000 and use the remaining sum to establish a casino for him and help it get off the ground. After taking possession of the drawings, Narek Sarkisian reneged on his promise and ignored the drawings’ owner’s pleas, refusing to return them.

The drawings were found Wednesday during a nine-hour raid of Aleksander Sarkisian’s residence. Aleksander Sarkisian told investigators that he had purchased the drawings. The person who filed the claim against Narek Sarkisian was present during a portion of Aleksander Sarkisian’s questions and asserted that Narek obtained them through deceptive means.

Investigators also found a two suitcases belonging to Narek Sarkisian, who had allegedly asked a friend to keep them in his apartment.

“The suitcases contained narcotic substances — cocaine and methamphetamine — four guns, one of them with a silencer, bullets, drugs of unknown origin, glass and plastic pipes with white and black traces, droppers that were most likely used for drugs and other items,” Thursday’s NSS statement said.

Last week, Aleksander Sarkisian and Serzh Sarkisian’s bodyguard, Vachakan Ghazaryan, were taken into custody on weapons possession charges. Aleksander Sarkisian was released shortly.

Last Wednesday, Ghazaryan was formally charged with illegally enriching himself, and an investigation into $2 million cash seized from him is still pending.

Late last week, Armenia’s State Revenue Committee launched criminal proceedings against Serzh Sarkisian’s other younger brother, Levon, and his family shortly after announcing that a company linked to Levon Sarkisian has been fined 800 million drams ($1.7 million) for tax evasion.

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8 Comments

  1. Hagop said:

    THESE GUYS LOOK LIKE THEY JUST GOT OUT OF A GLENDALE LIQUIR STORE!!!!

    HOPE ARMENIA HAS ENOUGH JAILS AND A RIGHTEOUS JUSTICE SYSTEM TO PROSECUTE THESE GUYS!!!!!

  2. State of Emergency said:

    Nothing new. Typical mafia types found everywhere they’ve settled outside of Armenia. It’s the bearded ex-soviet mentality.

  3. annie said:

    why is this country so full of criminals? and how did they get away with in clear daylight for 25 years? where is the criminal justice system? or is the entire system is so rotten? may god help the poor Armenians living among these criminal gangs in the highest places. ad

    • State of Emergency said:

      I’m surprised that you’re surprised. Where have you been since the Sovietization of Armenia? Armenians literally took the communist manifesto to heart!

  4. Therese Mastikian said:

    I can’t wait to see what they will find on Serzh Sarkisian once he gets investigated!! The whole family needs to go to jail!!!

  5. Norin said:

    It’s time to pay the piper motherf%^%ers, for more than a decade these pieces of $%#t have been looting, deceiving, and stealing from the state and strong arming individuals for material gain. Look at them, what a disgraceful bunch of animals, Serzh Sagisyans nephew is obviously nothing more than a two bit meth addict, his brother “sashik” also seems to be a drug addict. How any man from a family like this can actually remain in office as President is astounding! More amazing is how the ARF actually aligned themselves with this crowd of criminals. The one in Russia needs to be hunted down like a dog by Interpol and the FSB and extradited to Armenia for charges. THIS is how you run a country, thank you PM Pashinyan for bringing the long arm of the law back to Armenia. Hope you die from cancer Sersh Sargisyan along with you cock-eyed brothers, a slow painful agonizing tumorous death, you parasites…

  6. Tavit said:

    Former President Serzh Sarkisian relatives and party members others coming to join the list are nothing but corrupt and murderers. My family was planning to buy a house in Yerevan and use it for our vacation house in worm weather seasons. The soviet cultural and other bad influences are part of Armenia. It is hard for us after living so many years in diaspora I keep visiting Armenia every other year.

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