Armenia Refutes Shooting at Ter Petrosyan Home

YEREVAN (Itar-Tass)–The Armenian Ministry of Internal Affairs and National Security Sunday refuted reports about the shelling of the residence of former president Levon Ter-Petrosyan overnight on Friday.

"These reports are based on unverified rumors and the information about the incident was ungrounded," the Ministry spokesman and adviser to the minister–Mikael Grigoryan–told Itar-Tass.

According to Grigoryan–following a report of the head of former president’s bodyguards–police arrived on the scene and found no traces or evidence of the incident.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and National Security continues "thorough investigation into the so-called incident," the ministry’s statement said.

The "Aravot" newspaper reported that "three bursts of automatic rifle fire" during the early morning hours of Saturday in the vicinity of Ter-Petrosyan’s residence.

Police and Ter-Petrosyan’s security service were immediately put on alert but could not find any trace of the attackers.

In another development–the paper wrote–President Robert Kocharian had instructed Prosecutor General Henrik Khachatrian to make sure that charges in the case of the former interior troops commander Vahan Harutiunian are substantiated with clear "evidence and argumen’s" when they are presented to the court. The president wanted to head off possible accusations of political persecution.

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