“Trial of 31″ to Wrap Up

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The doctor from the Yerevan Republican Hospital–Alvard Stepanian–a witness in the "Trial of 31," reported at a court hearing Monday that police officer Grigor Hunanian–who was taken to the hospital on August 1–1995–was clinically dead.

Another police officer–Artur Khachatrian was also pronounced dead at the hospital–according to Stepanian.

Stepanian also said that Hunanian was brought to the hospital by police officer Arsen Petrossian who was driving a white car. Stepanian could not remember what type of car Khachatrian was in upon his arrival to the hospital.

The defense drew the court’s attention to the fact that evidence by Stepanian did not correlate with the testimonies given by other witnesses. According to the testimony given by the Chief of the Davidashen Interior Department–Captain G. Amirjanian–Khachatrian was still alive when he arrived at the hospital and Hunanian was conscious.

The defense did not have an opportunity to question the witness regarding the contradictions because Justice Avetissian unexpectedly adjourned the trial.

After the adjournment–a witness in the case–commander of the Vayk regiment of the Defense Ministry–Hovik Ohanian said that defendant Nairi Manoukian was transporting ammunition from the Maylakhan area near Khachik village on his orders. All officers received such orders–he said.

The surrendering of ammunition and the institution of criminal proceedings in connection with the case is a mere coincidence.

"In those days many possessed weapons–including myself," he said. "The weapons were needed to protect ourselves against attacks on our villages."

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