Pahlavuni Says Defense Ministry Wishes Crime to Be Exposed

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"It is impossible to acquit Nairi Hunanian–he must be punished for his deed. But–if the crime was organized–then the executor’s punishment cannot be greater than that of the organizers," Hunanian’s defense counsel Artashes Pahlavuni told reporters November 11.

He pointed out that no pressure was exerted on his client and the state of his health is normal.

Pahlavuni said that those in the Ministry of Defense are Vazgen Sargsyan’s friends and their only wish is that the crime be exposed. Pakhlavuni considers it natural that after a joint statement of the Prosecutor’s Office of Armenia and the Military Procurator’s Office the case was placed under the jurisdiction of the Military Procurator’s Office at the order of the Prosecutor General. Pointing out that his client claims that the terrorists did not intend to kill anybody–but only to frighten–Pahlavuni confirmed that the list discovered at the National Assembly was written by Hunanian–but "is a scenario to an extent."

Pahlavuni reported that a confrontation was conducted between Hunanian and Parliament member Mushegh Movsissian. As for Nairi Badalian–Hunanian said that he saw him at the entrance to the National Assembly–they spoke went upstairs together.

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