Defendant in Murder Case Names Siradeghian As Mastermind

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Only defendant Arshak Shukhian pleaded guilty at a June 9 court session in connection with the so called Ter-Sahakian’s case. The other eight defendants either did not plead guilty or pleaded guilty to only certain crimes.

Arshak Shukhian confirmed his initial testimony. He–in particular–said that he has known Armen Ter-Sahakian since 1992–when Ter-Sahakian began recruiting individuals for a detachment under the Armenian National Movement’s management. According to him–the group of 13 individuals was at first formed not as a gang–but as a detachment–which was to go to borders and fulfill tasks.

The defendant said that in the summer of 1992 Armen Ter-Sahakian received an order from the leadership of ANM to kill chairman of the Ashtarak regional executive committee Hovhannes Sukiassian. To commit the murder an investigation was conducted and a special scheme developed. Defendants Alik Grigorian–Artur Aloyan and Suren Harutiunian participated in the murder operation.

According to Arshak Shukhian–the instruction to kill chief of the Armenian Railway Department Habartsum Ghandilian came 2 or 3 months before the actual murder took place.

"Vano Siradeghian came–called Armen and he [Armen] went upstairs. After he came back–he said that Siradeghian had instructed him to kill Hambartsum Ghandilian." To commit the murder–three cars were stolen. The murder was committed by Shukhian–Grigorian and Harutiunian.

In connection with a failed attempt on the life of chief of the investigation department of the Armenian Prosecutor’s Office Vladimir Grigorian–Shukhian said that Ter-Sahakian received the instruction to kill him at the then Minister of Interior Vano Siradeghian. The instruction was made in Shukhian’s presence.

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